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Open-File Report 2014–1264

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Shear-Wave Velocity and Site-Amplification Factors for 50 Australian Sites Determined by the Spectral Analysis of Surface Waves Method

By Robert E. Kayen, Brad A. Carkin, Trevor Allen, Clive Collins, Andrew McPherson, and Diane Minasian

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One-dimensional shear-wave velocity (VS ) profiles are presented at 50 strong motion sites in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. The VS profiles are estimated with the spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW) method. The SASW method is a noninvasive method that indirectly estimates the VS at depth from variations in the Rayleigh wave phase velocity at the surface.

First posted January 22, 2015

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Kayen, R.E., Carkin, B.A., Allen, T., Collins, C., McPherson, A., and Minasian, D., 2015, Shear-wave velocity and site-amplification factors for 50 Australian sites determined by the spectral analysis of surface waves method: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014-1264, 118 p., http:/

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)




Study Sites

Analysis of Rayleigh Wave Spectrum

Inversion of the VS Profile




References Cited

Appendix A. Site Summaries Ordered by USGS Site Identifier

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