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Seismo Lab
Earth & Planetary
UC Berkeley



Porritt, R.W., R.M. Allen, F.F. Pollitz (2014) Seismic imaging east of the Rocky Mountains with USArray Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.10.034 abstract | reprint | data

Toomey, D.R., R.M. Allen, A.H. Barclay, S.W. Bell, P.D. Bromirski, R.L. Carlson, X. Chen, J.A. Collins, R.P. Dziak, B. Evers, D.W. Forsyth, P. Gerstoft, E.E.E. Hooft, D. Livelybrooks, J.A. Lodewyk, D.S. Luther, J.J. McGuire, S.Y. Schwartz, M. Tolstoy, A.M. Tréhu, M. Weirathmueller, and W.S.D. Wilcock (2014) The Cascadia Initiative: A sea change in seismological studies of subduction zones Oceanography, 27, 138-150, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2014.49 abstract | reprint

Given, D.D., E.S. Cochran, T. Heaton, E. Hauksson, R.M. Allen, P. Hellweg, J. Vidale, and P. Bodin (2014) Technical Implementation Plan for the ShakeAlert Production System—An Earthquake Early Warning System for the West Coast of the United States U.S. Geological Survey, Open File Report 2014-1097, 25p, doi:10.3133/ofr20141097 abstract | reprint

Kuyuk, H.S., R.M. Allen (2014) Designing a Network‐Based Earthquake Early Warning Algorithm for California: ElarmS‐2 Bull. Seismo. Soc. Am., 104, 162-173, doi:10.1785/0120130146 abstract | reprint

Lawrence, J.F., E.S. Cochran, A. Chung, A. Kaiser, C.M. Christensen, R.M. Allen, J.W. Baker, B. Fry, T. Heaton, D. Kilb, M.D. Kohler, and M. Taufer (2014) Rapid Earthquake Characterization Using MEMS Accelerometers and Volunteer Hosts Following the M 7.2 Darfield, New Zealand, Earthquake Bull. Seismo. Soc. Am., 104, 184-192, doi:10.1785/0120120196 abstract | reprint

Evans, L.R., R.M. Allen, A.I. Chung, E.S. Cochran, R. Guy, M. Hellweg, and J.F. Lawrence (2014) Performance of Several Low-Cost Accelerometers Seismo. Res. Lett. 85, 147-158, doi: 10.1785/0220130091 abstract | reprint

Bӧse, M., R. Allen, H. Brown, G. Cua, M. Fischer, E. Hauksson, T. Heaton, M. Hellweg, M. Liukis, D. Neuhauser, P. Maechling & CISN EEW Group (2013) CISN ShakeAlert – An Earthquake Early Warning Demonstration System for California in: F. Wenzel and J. Zschau (eds.) Early Warning for Geological Disasters - Scientific Methods and Current Practice; ISBN: 978-3-642-12232-3, Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York. abstract | reprint


Allen, R.M. (2013) Seconds count.
Nature 502, 29-31, doi:10.1038/502029a abstract | reprint

Kuyuk, H.S., R.M. Allen (2013) A global approach to provide magnitude estimates for earthquake early warning alerts Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 6329-6333 doi:10.1002/2013GL058580 abstract | reprint

Kuyuk, H.S., R.M. Allen (2013) Optimal Seismic Network Density for Earthquake Early Warning: A Case Study from California Seismo. Res. Lett. doi:10.1785/0220130043 abstract | reprint

Colombelli, S., R.M. Allen, A. Zollo (2013) Application of real-time GPS to earthquake early warning in subduction and strike-slip environments J. Geophys. Res., 118, 3448–3461, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50242 abstract | reprint

Porritt, R. (2013) Tracing the Farallon plate through seismic imaging with USArray PhD Thesis, University of California, Berkeley abstract | thesis


Brown, H. (2012) Evaluating and Improving the ElarmS Earthquake Early Warning Algorithm PhD Thesis, University of California, Berkeley abstract | thesis

Berkeley Seismological Laboratory - Annual Report 2011-2012. Includes research summaries and operational reports: director's report | group contributions | all research contributions | full report

Zhao, L., R.M. Allen, T. Zheng, R. Zhu (2012) High-resolution body wave tomography models of the upper mantle beneath eastern China and the adjacent areas Geochem. Geophys. GeoSys., 13 Q06007, doi:10.1029/2012GC004119 abstract | reprint

Liu, K., A. Levander, Y. Zhai, R.W. Porritt, R.M. Allen, (2012) Asthenospheric flow and lithospheric evolution near the Mendocino Triple Junction, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 323, 60-71, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.01.020 abstract | reprint

Obrebski, O., R.M. Allen, F. Zhang, J. Pan, Q. Wu,S.-H. Hung (2012) Shear wave tomography of China using joint inversion of body and surface wave constraints J. Geophys. Res., 117 B01311, doi:10.1029/2011JB008349 abstract | reprint

Allen, R.M. (2012) Transforming Earthquake Detection? Science 335, 297-298, doi: 10.1126/science.1214650 abstract | reprint


Allen, R.M. and A. Ziv (2011) Application of real-time GPS to earthquake early warning Geophys. Res. Lett., 38 L16310, doi:10.1029/2011GL047947 abstract | reprint

Porritt, R.W., R.M. Allen, D.C. Boyarko, M.R. Brudzinski (2011) Investigation of Cascadia Segmentation with Ambient Noise Tomography Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 185, 67-76, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.06.026 abstract | reprint | data

Allen, R.M. (2011) Earthquakes, Early and Strong Motion Warning in Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics, Harsh Gupta (ed) p226-233, Springer. abstract | reprint

Obrebski, M., R.M. Allen, F. Pollitz, S.-H. Hung (2011) Lithosphere-asthenosphere interaction beneath the western United States from the joint inversion of body-wave traveltimes and surface-wave phase velocities, Geophys. J. Int. 185, 1003-1021, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.04990.x abstract | reprint | data

Allen, R.M. (2011)
Seconds before the big one
Scientific American, April 2011 abstract | reprint

Brown, H.M., R.M. Allen, M. Hellweg, O. Khainovski, D. Neuhauser, A. Souf (2011) Development of the ElarmS methodology for earthquake early warning: Realtime application in California and offline testing in Japan, Soil Dyn. Earthquake Eng. 31 188-200, doi:10.1016/j.soildyn.2010.03.008 abstract | reprint


Eakin, C.M., M. Obrebski, R.M. Allen, D.C. Boyarko, M.R. Brudzinski, R. Porritt (2010) Seismic anisotropy beneath Cascadia and the Mendocino triple junction: Interaction of the subducting slab with mantle flow, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 297 627-632, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.07.015 abstract | reprint | data

Obrebski, M., R.M. Allen, M. Xue, S.-H. Hung (2010) Slab-plume interaction beneath the Pacific Northwest, Geophys. Res. Lett. 37, L14305, doi:10.1029/2010GL043489 abstract | reprint | data

Wurman, G. (2010) Earthquake Early Warning and the Physics of Earthquake Rupture, PhD Thesis, University of California, Berkeley abstract | thesis

Xue, M. and R.M. Allen (2010) Mantle Structure Beneath the Western US and its Implications for Convection Processes, J. Geophys. Res. 115, B07303, doi:10.1029/2008JB006079 abstract | reprint | data

Audet, P., M.G. Bostock, D.C. Boyarko, M.R. Brudzinski, R.M. Allen (2010) Slab morphology in the Cascadia fore arc and its relation to episodic tremor and slip J.Geophys. Res., 115, B00A16, doi:10.1029/2008JB006053. abstract | reprint


Allen, R.M., P. Gasparini and O. Kamigaichi (eds) (2009) Earthquake Early Warning, Special Issue, Seismo. Res. Lett., 80, (5) p682-782. contents

Allen, R.M., P. Gasparini, O. Kamigaichi, M. Bose (2009) The Status of Earthquake Early Warning around the World: An Introductory Overview Seismo. Res. Lett., 80, (5) p682-693, doi: 10.1785/gssrl.80.5.682. abstract | reprint

Brown, H., R.M. Allen, V. Grasso (2009) Testing ElarmS in Japan Seismo. Res. Lett., 80, (5) p727-739, doi: 10.1785/gssrl.80.5.727. abstract | reprint

Zhao, L., R.M. Allen, T. Zheng, S.-H. Hung (2009) Reactivation of an Archean craton: Constraints from P- and S-wave tomography in North China Geophys. Res. Lett., 36 L17306, doi:10.1029/2009GL039781. abstract | reprint

Lay, T., R.C. Aster, D.W. Forsyth, B. Romanowicz, R.M. Allen, V.F. Cormier, J. Gomberg, J.A. Hole, G. Masters, D. Schutt, A. Sheehan, J. Tromp, M.E. Wysession (2009) Seismological Grand Challenges in Understanding Earth's Dynamic Systems Published by the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. info | reprint

Allen, R.M., P. Gasparini and O. Kamigaichi (eds) (2009) New Methods and Applications of Earthquake Early Warning Geophys. Res. Lett., 36. content

Allen, R.M., H. Brown, M. Hellweg, O. Khainovski, P. Lombard, D. Neuhauser (2009) Real-time earthquake detection and hazard assessment by ElarmS across California Geophys. Res. Lett., 36 L00B08, doi:10.1029/2008GL036766. abstract | reprint


Allen, R.M. (2008) At First Jolt: Will we have warnings for the next big earthquake? Geotimes, 53 (10), p52-59. abstract | reprint

Shieh, J.T., Y.M. Wu, R.M. Allen (2008) A comparison of tau-c and tau-p-max for magnitude estimation in earthquake early warning Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L20301, doi:10.1029/2008GL035611. abstract | reprint

Xue, M. (2008) Using Seismic Methods to Constrain Mantle Convection Processes, PhD Thesis, University of California, Berkeley abstract | thesis

Olivieri, M., R.M. Allen and G. Wurman (2008) The potential for Earthquake Early Warning in Italy using ElarmS, Bull. seism. Soc. Am. 98, p495-503, doi: 10.1785/0120070054 abstract | reprint


Allen, R.M. (2007) Earthquake hazard mitigation: New directions and opportunities, In "Treatise on Geophysics", G. Schubert (ed.), Vol 4 (H. Kanamori ed.), p607-648, Elsevier. abstract | reprint

Xue, M. and R.M. Allen (2007) The Fate of the Juan de Fuca Plate: Implications for a Yellowstone Plume Head, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 264, p266-276, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2007.09.047. abstract | reprint

Brudzinski, M. and R.M. Allen (2007) Segmentation in Episodic Tremor and Slip All Along Cascadia, Geology. 35 (10) 907-910, doi: 10.1130/G23740A.1 abstract | reprint

Tsang, L., R.M. Allen and G. Wurman (2007) Magnitude scaling relations from P-waves in southern California, Geophys. Res. Lett. 34 L19304, doi:10.1029/2007GL031077 abstract | reprint

Wurman, G., R.M. Allen and P. Lombard (2007) Toward Earthquake Early Warning in Northern California, J. Geophys. Res. 112, B08311, doi:10.1029/2006JB004830 abstract | reprint

Nolet, G., R.M. Allen and D. Zhao (2007) Mantle plume tomography, Chemical Geology 241, 248-263, doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2007.01.022 abstract | reprint

Allen, R.M. (2007) The ElarmS earthquake early warning methodology and its application across California, In "Earthquake Early Warning Systems", P. Gasparini, G. Manfredi, J. Zschau (Eds), p. 21-44, Springer, ISBN-13 978-3-540-72240-3. abstract | reprint

Wu, Y-.M., H. Kanamori, R.M. Allen and E. Hauksson (2007) Determination of earthquake early warning parameters, tau-c and Pd, for southern California Geophys. J. Int. 170, 711-717, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03430.x abstract | reprint

Lockman, A.B. and R.M. Allen (2007) Magnitude-period scaling relations for Japan and the Pacific Northwest: Implications for earthquake early warning Bull. seism. Soc. Am. 97 (1), 140-150, doi: 10.1785/0120040091 abstract | reprint


Olson, E.L., and R.M. Allen (2006) Is earthquake rupture deterministic? (Reply) Nature, 442, E6, doi:10.1038/nature04964 abstract | reprint

Allen, R.M. (2006) Probabilistic warning times for earthquake ground shaking in the San Francisco Bay Area Seismo. Res. Lett. 77 (3), 371-376. abstract | reprint | electronic supplement

Waite,G.P., R.B. Smith R.M. Allen, (2006) Vp and Vs structure of the Yellowstone hot spot from teleseismic tomography: Evidence for an upper-mantle plume J. Geophys. Res. 111, B04303, doi:10.1029/2005JB003867. abstract | reprint

Xue, M. and R.M. Allen (2006) Origin of the Newberry Hotspot Track: Evidence from shear-wave splitting. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 244, 315-322, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2006.01.066. abstract | reprint

Simons, F.J., B.D.E. Dando and R.M. Allen (2006) Automatic detection and rapid determination of earthquake magnitude by wavelet multiscale analysis of the primary arrival. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 250, 214-223, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2006.07.039. abstract | reprint


Lockman, A.B. and R.M. Allen (2005) Single station earthquake characterization for early warning. BSSA 95 (6), 2029-2039, doi: 10.1785/0120040241. abstract | reprint

Olson, E.L. (2005) A new way to look at fault rupture: Understanding and characterizing earthquake predominant period MSc Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison abstract | thesis

Wu, Y-.M., R.M. Allen, and C-.F. Wu (2005) Revised ML determination for crustal earthquakes in Taiwan BSSA 95 (6), 2517-2524, doi: 10.1785/0120050043. abstract | reprint

Olson, E.L., and R.M. Allen (2005) The deterministic nature of earthquake rupture. Nature 438, 212-215, doi:10.1038/nature04214 abstract and more | reprint

Xue, M. and R.M. Allen (2005) Asthenospheric channeling of the Iceland upwelling: Evidence from seismic anisotropy Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 235, 167-182 doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2005.03.017 abstract | reprint (0.8Mb pdf)

Allen, R.M., and J. Tromp (2005) Resolution of regional seismic models: Squeezing the Iceland anomaly. Geophys. J. Int. 161, 373-386 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2005 .02600.x abstract | reprint (0.8Mb pdf)


Allen, R.M. Rapid magnitude determination for earthquake early warning, (2004) in "The many facets of seismic risk" edited by G. Manfredi, M.R. Pecce, and A. Zollo, Napoli, Universita degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II", Napoli, Italy, p15-24. Proceedings of the "Workshop on Multidisciplinary Approach to Seismic Risk Problems," Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi, September 22, 2003, introduction | reprint (3.3Mb pdf)


Allen, R.M., and H. Kanamori (2003) The potential for earthquake early warning in southern California, Science, 300, 786-789. abstract | reprint (0.35 Mb pdf)

Ritsema, J., and R.M. Allen (2003) The elusive mantle plume, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 207, 1-12. abstract | reprint (0.9 Mb pdf)


Allen, R.M., G. Nolet, W.J. Morgan, K. Vogfjord, B.H. Bergsson, P. Erlendsson, G.R. Foulger, S. Jakobsdottir, B.R. Julian, M. Pritchard, S. Ragnarsson, and R. Stefansson (2002) Imaging the mantle beneath Iceland using integrated seismological techniques, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 107 (B12), 2325, doi: 10.1019/2001JB000595. abstract | reprint (1.4 Mb pdf)

Allen, R.M., G. Nolet, W.J. Morgan, K. Vogfjord, M. Nettles, G. Ekstrom, B.H. Bergsson, P. Erlendsson, G.R. Foulger, S. Jakobsdottir, B.R. Julian, M. Pritchard, S. Ragnarsson, and R. Stefansson (2002) Plume driven plumbing and crustal formation in Iceland, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 107 (B8), 10.1029/2001JB000584. abstract | reprint (6.4 Mb pdf)

Shen, Y., S.C. Solomon, I.T. Bjarnason, G. Nolet, W.J. Morgan, R.M. Allen, K. Vogfjord, S. Jakobsdottir, R. Stefansson, B. Julian, and G.F. Foulger (2002) Seismic Evidence for a Tilted Mante Plume and North-South Flow beneath Iceland, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 197 (3-4), 261-272. reprint (0.6 Mb pdf)

Du, Z.J., G.R. Foulger, B.R. Julian, R.M. Allen, G. Nolet, W.J. Morgan, B.H. Bergsson, P. Erlendsson, S. Jakobsdottir, S. Ragnarsson, R. Stefansson, and K. Vogfjord (2002) Crustal structure beneath western and eastern Iceland from surface waves and receiver functions, Geophysical Journal International, 149 (2), 349-363. reprint (0.7 Mb pdf)


Allen, R.M. (2001) Plumbing in Iceland: Imaging plate formation in the Earth's Interior, The Smilodon, 42 1-3. web version

Allen, R.M. (2001) The mantle plume beneath Iceland and its interaction with the North-Atlantic Ridge: A seismological investigation, PhD Thesis, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. abstract

Foulger, G.R., M.J. Pritchard, B.R. Julian, J.R. Evans, R.M. Allen, G. Nolet, W.J. Morgan, B.H. Bergsson, P. Erlendsson, S. Jakobsdottir, S. Ragnarsson, R. Stefansson, and K. Vogfjord (2001) Seismic tomography shows that upwelling beneath Iceland is confined to the upper mantle, Geophysical Journal International, 146 (2), 504-530. reprint (2.8 Mb pdf)

Konstantinou, K.I., G. Nolet, W.J. Morgan, R.M. Allen, and M.J. Pritchard (2001) Seismic phenomena associated with the 1996 Vatnajokull eruption, central Iceland, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 102 (1-2), 169-187. reprint (5.6 Mb pdf)


Foulger, G.R., M.J. Pritchard, B.R. Julian, J.R. Evans, R.M. Allen, G. Nolet, W.J. Morgan, B.H. Bergsson, P. Erlendsson, S. Jakobsdottir, S. Ragnarsson, R. Stefansson, and K. Vogfjord, (2000) The seismic anomaly beneath Iceland extends down to the mantle transition zone and no deeper, Geophysical Journal International, 142 (3), F1-F5. reprint (0.9 Mb pdf)


Allen, R.M., G. Nolet, W.J. Morgan, K. Vogfjord, B.H. Bergsson, P. Erlendsson, G.R. Foulger, S. Jakobsdottir, B.R. Julian, M. Pritchard, S. Ragnarsson, and R. Stefansson (1999) The thin hot plume beneath Iceland, Geophysical Journal International, 137 (1), 51-63. abstract | reprint (0.9 Mb pdf)


van der Vink, G., R.M. Allen, J. Chapin, M. Crooks, W. Fraley, J. Krantz, A.M. Lavigne, A. LeCuyer, E.K. MacColl, W.J. Morgan, B. Ries, E. Robinson, K. Rodriquez, M. Smith, and K. Sponberg (1998) Why the United States is becoming more vulnerable to natural disasters, Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 79 (44), 533-537. web version | reprint (6.9 Mb pdf)

van der Vink, G., J. Park, R.M. Allen, T. Wallace, and C. Hennet (1998) False accusations, undetected tests and implications for the CTB treaty, Arms Control Today, May 1998, 7-13. web version | reprint (11.3 Mb pdf)