Seismic Analysis of the Rulison Explosion
TELEDYNE GEOTECH ALEXANDRIA VA SEISMIC DATA LAB
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RULISON was an underground nuclear explosion detonated to stimulate gas production as part of the PLOWSHARE program. The RULISON device was detonated at 210000.1Z on 10 September 1969. It was detonated in Western Colorado, which represented a new source region, and was emplaced at a depth nearly double that of previous American explosions. Analysis includes a study of seismograms from 18 LRSM, 2 VELA observatories, LASA and 8 WWSS stations. Proposed identification criteria, developed most from NTS explosions and Western United States earthquakes were applied to RULISON and were compared when possible to a previous chemical explosion at CLIMAX, Colorado, and to a selected Colorado earthquake.