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Subject: Re: Mb question
From: Stephen & Kathy skmort@..........
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 21:12:37 -0800

Thanks Larry,,,    I did look at your help files on how winquake 
calculates Mb,,  but it refers to a formula which requires the table,, 
so I assumed you had a file with the table, but couldn't find it,,, 
then I said, well I'll just let your program calculate Mb,,  but for 
some reason it is not obvious to me how to do it????   That is when I 
went looking for a table to set up my own calculation!!

Looking at Johns fortran info and table I realize it isn't as simple as 
I first thought it would be,,,   a straight forward array, with depth on 
one side and distance on the other would be something on the order of 
800 by 108!!   The fortran table is 17 by 108!   And as near as I can 
tell from the formulas, it isn't just bands of depth,,,   it appears 
that the full range of Q is wider than the limits in the table???  Per 
chance and just for fun, has anyone converted it to a PC or dos 
program?????   Or perhaps a mathcad program???

Thanks all,,,  it is becoming a real education!!!

   38.828N  120.979W

Larry Cochrane wrote:
> Stephen,
> WinQuake uses the following formula to calculate mb magnitude
> mb = log10(A/T) + 0.01*D + 5.9
> A = Peak P wave displacement amplitude in micrometers, T = Period of the 
> displacement amplitude and D = Distance in degrees
> See for more 
> information.
> Regards,
> Larry Cochrane
> Redwood City, PSN

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