The precarious rock methodology used for seismic hazard assessment includes location, age dating, field measurements of the quasi-static toppling acceleration of balanced rocks, and study of their dynamic response to realistic strong motion seismograms using numerical modeling. The work scope is contained in the task description issued by the DOE to the Seismology Laboratory of the University of Nevada, Reno and is itemized in section 2.3 below. In addition, measurement of the coherence of seismic energy at high frequencies, critical to the understanding of the variability of high frequency ground motions at the repository level, will be estimated based on data collected in limited scope portable instrument deployments. Existing high-frequency geophones that remain in place from earlier geophysical experiments will be used.
Earthquakes; Nevada – Yucca Mountain; Science – Methodology
Earth Sciences | Geology | Geophysics and Seismology
Brune, J. N.,
Smiecinski, A. J.,
Keeler, R. E.
Precarious Rock Methodology for Seismic Hazard: Physical Testing, Numerical Modeling, and Coherence Studies.
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