Eqverify Overview

(last revised August 10, 1999)

Eqverify is a sub-module in Earthworm's event-processing mega-module. It takes the output from eqcoda (TYPE_EVENT2K messages) and performs a number of tests to determine if the event looks like an earthquake or noise. Only those events verified to be earthquakes are passed along to the next sub-module. Eqverify starts the next sub-module specified in its "PipeTo" command (generally hypo_mgr) and communicates to it via a one-directional pipe. Eqcoda passes any messages other than TYPE_EVENT2K thru to the next link without modifying them in any way.

Eqverify can perform up to four different earthquake verification tests on each event. One of the tests analyzes the distribution of arrival times reported for the event; the remaining three analyze different coda characteristics of the arrivals. Each test can be turned on or off by a configuration-file switch. Bad test results (results that show that the event looks more like noise than an earthquake) add to a count of "demerit points" for the event. If the total number of demerits meets or exceeds a (configurable) threshold, the event is declared to be noise, the complete TYPE_EVENT2K message is written to eqverify's log file, and the event is withheld from any further processing. To avoid the big mistake of mis-identifying a large earthquake as noise and withholding it, there is a "force-thru" feature in eqverify. Any event with a minimum number of arrivals and a minimum duration magnitude (defaults are 17 arrivals, magnitude 2.0) will be passed through to the next processing sub-module, regardless of its test results. We'd rather report a few bogus events than drop "the big one!"

A brief description of each of the verification tests follows:

  1. Test on Arrival Time Distribution ("test_pgroup" command):
  2. Test on Coda Weight or Quality ("test_codawt" command):
  3. Test on RMS of slope fit to Coda Amplitudes ("test_freefitrms" command):
  4. Test on Slope of Coda Decay vs Event Magnitude ("test_slopevsmag" command):

    This test compares the median slope of coda decay (fit to the coda window average absolute values) to the magnitude calculated from the median coda duration for each event. This test, taken from Lindh and Hirshorn's program eqmeas, increments the event demerit count by the absolute value of the result of this equation:

          <median slope> + 0.7*<magnitude from median duration> + 0.5

    For a normal earthquake, the slope fit to the coda windows should be negative and the result from the above equation should be zero. For a noise event, the result from the above equation may be unbounded. This test alone may cause an event to be declared noise.

NOTE: If you are running eqverify as part of the preliminary-event-processing mega-module (started by eqprelim), you should use ONLY the test on arrival time distribution ("test_pgroup"). All coda tests should be turned off since the event will have incomplete coda information at the time eqverify tests it.

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