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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1079

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Seismic Data, January to March 2009

By Jennifer S. Nakata and Paul G. Okubo


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This U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) summary presents seismic data gathered during January–March 2009. The seismic summary offers earthquake hypocenters without interpretation as a source of preliminary data and is complete in that most data for events of M≥1.5 are included. All latitude and longitude references in this report are stated in Old Hawaiian Datum.

The HVO summaries have been published in various forms since 1956. Summaries prior to 1974 were issued quarterly, but cost, convenience of preparation and distribution, and the large quantities of data necessitated an annual publication, beginning with Summary 74 for the year 1974. Since 2004, summaries have been identified simply by year, rather than by summary number.

Summaries originally issued as administrative reports were republished in 2007 as Open-File Reports. All the summaries since 1956 are available at (last accessed 02/24/2010). In January 1986, HVO adopted CUSP (California Institute of Technology USGS Seismic Processing). Summary 86, available at (last accessed 02/24/2010), includes a description of the seismic instrumentation, calibration, and processing used in recent years. The present summary includes background information about the seismic network to provide the end user with an understanding of the processing parameters and how the data were gathered.

Earthworm software, documentation available at (last accessed 02/24/2010), was first installed at HVO in 1999 as part of an upgrade to tsunami warning capabilities in the Pacific region. This improved and expanded data exchange with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Oahu, that included not only seismic waveforms, but also parametric earthquake data. Although Earthworm does included modules for earthquake triggering and earthquake location, this software was never used to generate catalog hypocenter locations at HVO.

During 2009, HVO migrated from CUSP to seismic processing software developed by the California Integrated Seismic Network or CISN. This software is now referred to as AQMS, for Advanced National Seismic System Quake Management System. Summary data for this year will be presented in two reports; the first report includes earthquakes processed on the CUSP platform for January–March; earthquakes for the last three quarters, processed on the AQMS platform, will be published in a separate summary with a description of AQMS production parameters.

A report by Klein and Koyanagi (USGS Open-File Report 80-302, 1980) tabulates instrumentation, calibration, and recording history of each seismic station in the network. It is designed as a reference for users of seismograms and phase data and includes and augments the information in the station table in this summary.

Figures 11–14 are maps showing computer-located hypocenters. The maps were generated using the Generic Mapping Tools (GMT), found at (last accessed 01/22/2010), in place of traditional QPLOT maps.

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For additional information:
Contact HVO
Volcano Science Center, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
U.S. Geological Survey
P.O. Box 51, 1 Crater Rim Road
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718-0051

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Suggested citation:

Nakata, J.S., and Okubo, P.G., 2010, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory seismic data, January to March 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1079, 47 p.


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