Shallow velocity model in the area of Pozzo Pitarrone, Mt. Etna, from single station, array methods and borehole data

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Luciano Zuccarello
Mario Paratore
Mario La Rocca
Ferruccio Ferrari
Alfio Messina
Stefano Branca
Danilo Contrafatto
Danilo Galluzzo
Salvatore Rapisarda
Luz García

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Seismic noise recorded by a temporary array installed around Pozzo Pitarrone, NE flank of Mt. Etna, have been analysed with several techniques. Single station HVSR method and SPAC array method have been applied to stationary seismic noise to investigate the local shallow structure. The inversion of dispersion curves produced a shear wave velocity model of the area reliable down to depth of about 130 m. A comparison of such model with the stratigraphic information available for the investigated area shows a good qualitative agreement. Taking advantage of a borehole station installed at 130 m depth, we could estimate also the P-wave velocity by comparing the borehole recordings of local earthquakes with the same event recorded at surface. Further insight on the P-wave velocity in the upper 130 m layer comes from the surface reflected wave observable in some cases at the borehole station. From this analysis we obtained an average P-wave velocity of about 1.2 km/s, compatible with the shear wave velocity found from the analysis of seismic noise.

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Zuccarello L, Paratore M, La Rocca M, Ferrari F, Messina A, Branca S, Contrafatto D, Galluzzo D, Rapisarda S, García L. Shallow velocity model in the area of Pozzo Pitarrone, Mt. Etna, from single station, array methods and borehole data. Ann. Geophys. [Internet]. 2016Sep.30 [cited 2021Jun.21];59(4):S0433. Available from: https://www.annalsofgeophysics.eu/index.php/annals/article/view/7086
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