The slope seismic response monitoring of Wenchuan aftershocks in Qingchuan
Y. H. Luo, R. Huang, and Y. Wang
State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059, China
Received: 16 Feb 2014 – Accepted for review: 06 Apr 2014 – Discussion started: 06 Jun 2014
Abstract. This work reports some new progress of rock slope inside seismic response monitoring results in the area of Mountain Dong and Mountain Shizi (Qingchuan county), located more than 250 km NE of Yingxiu epicenter (2008 Wenchuan earthquake), Sichuan province. Five adits with the maximum depth of 15 m had been excavated in different elevation on both sides slope. Stations were emplaced at middle of the adits, from September 2009 to May 2010 more than 60 Wenchuan aftershocks had been monitored, 22 typical aftershocks had been analysis, whose magnitude varied between 2.3 ~ 5.2 and epicentral distance was from a few to 45 km. A comparison analysis of recordings provided evidence of the presence amplification effect at the Q4 station of Mt. Dong, which the peak horizontal acceleration amplification factor is between 1.0 ~ 2.5. But this amplification effect had no stronger at other stations. Comprehensive studies show that the relative height to riverbed is an important factor of Q4 seismic amplification effect. Otherwise the topography of Q4 site is conducive to horizontal amplification, not the vertical amplification. Moreover the calculation of Arias intensity (Ia) had the same amplification effect as the PGA, only the amplification factor is between 1.0 ~ 3.47 much bigger than the latter. On the other hand, the calculation of horizontal to vertical spectral ratio (HVSR) at Q4 shows the curves have multiple peaks corresponding with different dominant frequencies, which the amplification factor is always bigger than other stations at Mt. Dong. Sufficient evidence indicates that the Mt. Dong amplification effect is stronger than Mt. Shizi.
Luo, Y. H., Huang, R., and Wang, Y.: The slope seismic response monitoring of Wenchuan aftershocks in Qingchuan, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 2, 4135-4161, doi:10.5194/nhessd-2-4135-2014, 2014.