Rafael Benites


Full Name: Rafael Benites

Position: Seismologist

Contact details

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Phone: +64-4-570 4818


1990: PhD, Geophysics

Areas of expertise

Geophysics: Acoustics
Geophysics: Earthquake strong-motion
Geophysics: Mathematical inversion techniques
Geophysics: Modelling earthquake source processes
Geophysics: Near-surface wave propogation effects
Geophysics: Seismic Scattering
Geophysics: Seismic wave propagation
Geophysics: Seismology
Geophysics: Time series techniques for data analysis
Geophysics: Volcano Seismology

Professional activities

Member of the American Geophysical Union: S: M

Major publications

Holden, C.; Kaneko, Y.; D'Anastasio, E.; Benites, R.; Fry, B.; Hamling, I.J. 2017 The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake revealed by kinematic source inversion and seismic wavefield simulations : slow rupture propagation on a geometrically complex crustal fault network. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(22): 11320-11328; doi: 10.1002/2017GL075301

Benites, R.A.; Caldwell, T.G. 2011 A ground-motion transfer function matrix between two nearby rock and soil sites : a system identification problem. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 101(1): 222-234; doi: 10.1785/0120090323

Fry, B.; Benites, R.A.; Kaiser, A.E. 2011 The character of accelerations in the Mw 6.2 Christchurch Earthquake. Seismological Research Letters, 82(6): 846-852; doi: 10.1785/gssrl.82.6.846

Benites, R.A.; Olsen, K.B. 2005 Modeling strong ground motion in the Wellington metropolitan area, New Zealand. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 95(6): 2180-2196

Hagerty, M.T.; Benites, R.A. 2003 Tornillos beneath Tongariro Volcano, New Zealand. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 125(1/2): 151-169; doi: 10.1016/S0377-0273(03)00094-5

Yomogida, K.; Benites, R.A. 2002 Scattering of seismic waves by cracks with the boundary integral method. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 159(7-8): 1771-1789

Robinson, R.; Benites, R.A. 2001 Upgrading a synthetic seismicity model for more realistic fault ruptures. Geophysical Research Letters, 28(9): 1843-1846

Yomogida, K.; Benites, R.A.; Robinson, R. 1998 Spatial variation of coda wave amplitude in media with a localized heterogeneous region. Earth, Planets and Space, 50(4): 303-312

Zeng, Y.; Benites, R.A. 1998 Seismic response of multi-layered basins with velocity gradients upon incidence of plane shear waves. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 27(1): 15-28

Benites, R.A.; Roberts, P.M.; Yomogida, K.; Fehler, M. 1997 Scattering of elastic waves in 2-D composite media. I, Theory and test. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 104(1-3): 161-173; doi: 10.1016/S0031-9201(97)00096-4

Yomogida, K.; Aki, K.; Benites, R.A. 1997 Coda Q in two-layer random media. Geophysical Journal International, 128: 425-433

Yomogida, K.; Benites, R.A.; Roberts, P.M.; Fehler, M. 1997 Scattering of elastic waves in 2-D composite media. II, Waveforms and spectra. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 104(1-3): 175-192; doi: 10.1016/S0031-9201(97)00054-X

Robinson, R.; Benites, R.A. 1996 Synthetic seismicity models for the Wellington Region, New Zealand : implications for the temporal distribution of large events. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, 101(B12): 27833-27844; doi: 10.1029/96JB02533

Yomogida, K.; Benites, R.A. 1996 Coda Q as a combination of scattering and intrinsic attenuation : numerical simulations with the boundary integral method. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 148(1/2): 255-268

Marsh, J.; Larkin, T.J.; Haines, A.J.; Benites, R.A. 1995 Comparison of linear and nonlinear seismic responses of two-dimensional alluvial basins. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 85(3): 874-889

Robinson, R.; Benites, R.A. 1995 Synthetic seismicity models of multiple interacting faults. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, 100(B9): 18229-18238; doi: 10.1029/95JB01569

Yomogida, K.; Benites, R.A. 1995 Relation between direct wave Q and coda Q : a numerical approach. Geophysical Journal International, 123(2): 471-483

Benites, R.A.; Aki, K. 1994 Ground motion at mountains and sedimentary basins with vertical seismic velocity gradient. Geophysical Journal International, 116(1): 95-118

Roberts, P.M.; Benites, R.A.; Fehler, M.; Thurber, C.; Steck, L.; Lutter, W.; Stafford, D.; Zeichert, T. 1994 Teleseismic waveform anomalies observed during the passive 1993 Jemez Tomography Experiment. Seismological Research Letters, 65(1): 16

Benites, R.A.; Aki, K.; Yomogida, K. 1992 Multiple scattering of SH waves in 2-D media with many cavities. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 138(3): 353-390

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