Earthquake Duty Officer training manual

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Reyners, M.E. 2002 Earthquake Duty Officer training manual . Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 2002/29 76 p.

Abstract: This manual is an introduction to rapid response to New Zealand earthquakes, tailored for use with data from GeoNet seismograph stations and the CUSP data processing and analysis system. It is intended for use by earthquake Duty Officers, and will also be useful for students beginning quantitative studies of New Zealand earthquakes. It summarises the spatial distribution of New Zealand seismicity, and describes the major crustal structures that both control the seismicity and affect the propagation of seismic waves. Seismogram interpretation is also covered, and the characteristics of seismograms at New Zealand seismograph stations are described. The principles of earthquake location are discussed, including problems that can arise from the laterally inhomogeneous seismic velocity structure of the country. How local magnitude (. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. ML) is determined is also covered. The responsibilities of an earthquake Duty Officer are summarised, including background earthquake analysis, fault reporting, and rapid response to significant events. And finally, some advice on dealing with the press after significant events is provided. (auth)