Open-File Report 2006-1185
This publication describes the seismicity of Afghanistan and vicinity and is intended for use in seismic hazard studies of that nation. Included are digital files with information on earthquakes that have been recorded in Afghanistan and vicinity through mid-December 2004. Chapter A provides an overview of the seismicity and tectonics of Afghanistan and defines the earthquake parameters included in the “Summary Catalog” and the “Summary of Macroseismic Effects.” Chapter B summarizes compilation of the “Master Catalog” and “Sub-Threshold Catalog” and documents their formats. The “Summary Catalog” itself is presented as a comma-delimited ASCII file, the “Summary of Macroseismic Effects” is presented as an html file, and the “Master Catalog” and “Sub-Threshold Catalog” are presented as flat ASCII files. Finally, this report includes as separate plates a digital image of a map of epicenters of earthquakes occurring since 1964 (Plate 1) and a representation of areas of damage or strong shaking from selected past earthquakes in Afghanistan and vicinity (Plate 2).
Posted August 2006
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