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3D Focal Mechanisms

March 6, 2019

This tool operates within the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI®) GIS software ArcScene® 9.x. The program requires as input a GIS point dataset of earthquake locations containing strike, dip, and rake values for a nodal plane of each earthquake. Other information, such as depth and magnitude of the earthquake, may also be included in the dataset. By default for each focal point, 3DFM will create a black and white sphere or “beach ball” that is oriented based on the strike, dip, and rake values. If depth values for each earthquake are included, the focal symbol will also be placed at its appropriate location beneath the Earth’s surface.

Authors: Keith A. Labay and Peter J. Haeussler
Usage: View earthquake focal mechanism symbols three dimensionally
Platform: Windows
Interface: ArcScene® 9.x
Input: A GIS point dataset of earthquake locations containing strike, dip, and rake values for a nodal plane of each earthquake
Download: See online documentation