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[SCG53-26] Seismic velocity and anisotropy in a slow slip region of the Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand from ocean bottom seismometers
Keywords:seismic anisotropy, slow slip, receiver functions, New Zealand, Earth structure, Shear wave splitting
As is common in local S-wave splitting studies, preliminary results yield fast polarizations at each station that are somewhat variable; six of the station averages are roughly perpendicular and three are roughly parallel, to the strike of the subducting slab. Changes of up to 5-10 degrees on average are measured between earthquakes occurring before and after the slow slip event. Average delay times increase slightly, from an average of 0.15+- 0.1 s at the beginning of the deployment to 0.17+-0.1 at the start of the slow slip event, decreasing again to background by the end of the slow slip. If this trend is confirmed, the increase in delay-time could be related to a build-up of fluid in cracks beneath the slow slip region prior to its release by slow slip.
High-frequency receiver functions (filtered from 0.3-1 Hz) at individual stations yielded consistent results for back-azimuths of 290-340 degrees. The strongest energy at station LOBS3 could be explained by reverberations in the water above and sediment just below the station. We plan to determine whether corrections for these reverberations can allow us to see conversions from the plate interface. Despite timing problems at some stations, we are able to see energy on cross-correlation pairs from a number of the stations and expect to be able to use them to determine surface wave velocities.