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An improved earthquake catalog during the 2018 Kilauea eruption from combined onshore and offshore seismic arrays

Citation

Wei, XiaoZhuo; Shen, Yang; Caplan-Auerbach, Jacqueline; Morgan, Julia K. (2022), An improved earthquake catalog during the 2018 Kilauea eruption from combined onshore and offshore seismic arrays, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.np5hqbzw9

Abstract

The Island of Hawai'i was formed by repeated eruptions of basalts at an oceanic hotspot. Kilauea, the youngest among the subaerial volcanoes of the island, erupted intensely in 2018. The eruption provided an opportunity to look into the mechanisms that operate at the volcano and associated earthquake activities, as it was recorded simultaneously, for the first time, by onshore and offshore seismometers. We used most of the publicly available seismic data during the eruption period, including temporary arrays, to build a more complete earthquake catalog during the eruption than that provided by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO). We used a short-time-average/long-time-average (STA/LTA) method to identify potential earthquakes. The detections were associated into events and automatically picked with P- and S-wave arrivals, which were used to locate the events in a three-dimensional velocity model. After re-examining these earthquake events, their coda/duration magnitudes were determined. The resulting half-year catalog contains 375,736 events with one of the highest daily earthquake numbers ever reported (6,128 on June 21st, 2018). A great number of events were recorded during the caldera collapses, from its beginning untill its rapid ending. The catalog also contains abundant events near the Pu'u'o'o vent and in the lower East Rift Zone, where an increase of seismicity in the mid-July and August indicated a step-up in magma intrusion after the eruption.

Funding

National Science Foundation, Award: 1949620