EARTHQUAKE DATABASE FOR NEBRASKA AS A CONSTRAIN FOR MIDCONTINENT RIFT RELATED FAULTS
For the earthquake database, we used various sources including the USGS Earthquake Catalog, ISC Bulletin, the North American Moment Tensor from SLU, vintage Nebraska earthquake catalogues and articles from the local newspapers. Up to date, the database includes 228 events from the nineteenth century to the present ranging in magnitude from 0.3 to 5.1 with the predominant focal depth of 5 km. The available focal mechanisms suggest that prevailing stress regime is stretching in SW-NE directions. The general NW-SE trends in earthquake locations are consistent with MCR-related faults known from literature. We used the earthquake data to validate and constrain the subsurface faults interpreted from spatial analysis of gravity and magnetic fields. The integration of earthquake data with potential fields increased the overall confidence of the derived geologic structures in our study area.