Central Asia earthquake catalogue from ancient time to 2009

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Natalya N. Mikhailova
Aidyn S. Mukambayev
Irina L. Aristova
Galina Kulikova
Shahid Ullah
Marco Pilz
Dino Bindi


In this work, we present the seismic catalogue compiled for Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) in the framework of the Earthquake Model Central Asia (EMCA) project. The catalogue from 2000 B.C. to 2009 A.D. is composed by 33,034 earthquakes in the MLH magnitude (magnitude by surface waves on horizontal components widely used in practice of the former USSR countries) range from 1.5 to 8.3. The catalogue includes both macroseimic and instrumental constrained data, with about 32,793 earthquake after 1900 A.D. The main sources and procedure used to compile the catalogues are discussed, and the comparison with the ISC-GEM catalogue presented. Magnitude of completeness analysis shows that the catalogue is complete down to magnitude 4 from 1959 and to magnitude 7 from 1873, whereas the obtained regional b value is 0.805.

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Mikhailova, N. N., Mukambayev, A. S., Aristova, I. L., Kulikova, G., Ullah, S., Pilz, M. and Bindi, D. (2015) “Central Asia earthquake catalogue from ancient time to 2009”, Annals of Geophysics, 58(1). doi: 10.4401/ag-6681.

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