A seismic scaling law for underground explosions

by Albert L. Latter, E. A. Martinelli, Edward Teller

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Observations indicating that the amplitudes of distant seismic signals from underground nuclear explosions are approximately proportional to the total energy release. It is shown that these observations can be accounted for by a simple model which assumes that the nonlinear region close to the explosion is similar for all explosions and that the linear region transmits only low-frequency waves.

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