Accession Number:

ADA359543

Title:

Regional Analysis of Former Soviet Union Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Recorded in the Former Soviet Union.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

EUROPEAN OFFICE OF AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FPO NEW YORK 09510

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1995-11-11

Pagination or Media Count:

55.0

Abstract:

Until the late 80s information on Soviet underground nuclear explosions, let alone seismic recording on Soviet soil, were not generally available to the seismological community. The dramatic changes since then have resulted in access to a wide variety of seismic data from Soviet explosions. In this report we present a data set, unique to the field of seismic verification. The data includes a large number of waveforms from in-country seismological station Borovoye for the Soviet peaceful nuclear explosions with announced yields and origin times, some with physical and mechanical conditions at the test site. The waveforms were recorded by digital station of different types. In this report we have summarized and reviewed information on 122 explosions, and 55 waveforms in this data set, which contains recordings obtained in the course of more than 15 years. As the characteristics of recording instruments were changing during this period of time available information on instrument calibrations is also described and reviewed. We also have attempted to describe the observed peculiarities of P-wave by using a simple source function and magnitude correction which take in attention such parameters as the velocity of longitudinal wave, density, moisture, gas content and depth of explosion. More detail analysis was conducted for the explosions conducted in salt as there is representative sample and they were observed on local distances.

Subject Categories:

  • Nuclear Warfare
  • Seismic Detection and Detectors
  • Nuclear Explosions and Devices (Non-Military)

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE