Investigation of Ground Motion and Local Site Characteristics of the 2018 Lombok Earthquake Sequence

Sigit Pramono, Widjojo A. Prakoso, Supriyanto Rohadi, Dwikorita Karnawati, Dadang Permana, Bambang S. Prayitno, Ariska Rudyanto, Muhamad Sadly, Artadi P. Sakti, Ardian Y. Octantyo

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In 2018, Lombok Island was hit by a major earthquake sequence. The Indonesia Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the Lombok Island earthquake sequence started with an Mw 6.4 foreshock, followed by an Mw 6.8 main shock, aftershocks of Mw 5.8 and Mw 6.2, and a second mainshock of Mw 6.9 in the eastern part of Lombok. This study presents an investigation of strong motion characteristics using the Indonesia National Strong Motion Network (INSMN) data from two accelerometer stations, the MASE station (at Praya Lombok International Airport, Lombok Island, VS30 = 770 m/s, SB site class) and TWSI station (in Sumbawa Island, VS30 = 1152 m/s, SB site class). Signal analysis techniques using a power spectrum via fast Fourier transform, wavelet transform and horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio (HVSR) have been applied in this study. There are significant differences in the results (e.g., predominant frequencies, wavelets, H/V ratios, and frequencies at peak H/V ratio) for the MASE and TWSI stations, highlighting the importance of actual VS30 profiles and the limitation of the site class system in providing necessary predictive information. The variation of the peak ground acceleration (PGA) values and the spectral amplitudes could only be explained by hypothesizing the effect of the volcanic structure of Mount Rinjani on the strong motion waveforms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-753
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Fourier transform
  • HVSR
  • Strong motion
  • Vs30
  • Wavelet


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