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Walter Salazar

Catholic University of El Salvador


Historical Seismicity Maximum Magnitude Peak Ground Acceleration Velocity Rigid Zone Methods Free Zone Methods Time-Dependent Time-Independent Transfer Function Shear Wave Velocity Genetic Algorithms Micro tremors

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The evaluation of the earthquake hazard of a particular site represents the principal input data needed to develop the seismic code regulations worldwide. To estimate the level of shaking that the earthquakes can produce in a site we need to evaluate three factors: i) the level of seismicity; ii) the estimation of the strong ground motion and iii) to apply a seismic hazard method that combines the information gathered in (i) and (ii) considering the life time of the building. Although this information is usually obtained at rock site conditions, the degree of amplification due to the presence of sediments or topography conditions above the bedrock plays a key factor needed to obtain the final coefficient to be used in the earthquake structural analysis of the buildings.

This book addresses the recent advances in seismic hazard evaluation based on to the following topics: Tectonics and seismicity, strong ground and spectral motion prediction, free-zone and rigid zone probabilistic methods, time-dependent and independent methods, characteristics models and site effects evaluation including but not limited to inversion analysis on strong-motion data, soil tests and geophysical prospecting (e.g. seismic refraction, genetic algorithms and micro tremors). Loads induced by sea waves generated by tsunamis on buildings can be also included.

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Walter Salazar

Catholic University of El Salvador

Dr. Walter Salazar is a Civil Engineer and studied at the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan gaining the Doctoral Degree in Engineering Seismology in 2004. Salazar has been active in the field of seismic hazard producing several peer-review maps for El Salvador, Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean Region and Early Warning System feasibility studies for the Caribbean in conjunction with the Engineering Seismology Group at EUCENTRE in Pavia, Italy. He has been recently presented with a Distinguished Salvadoran national Award on 2011 and led the Seismic Hazard/Risk Assessment projects at the University of the West Indies (UWI) – Seismic Research Centre, Trinidad. He has been appointed to be a peer reviewer of several scientific journals including Natural Hazards, Journal of Seismology and International Journal of Disaster Risk Science (Springer), and Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (Elsevier). Dr. Salazar has been a visiting researcher at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), Imperial College of London (England), Complutense University in Madrid (Spain), National Geographic Institute, Madrid (Spain), European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering EUCENTRE, Pavia (Italy), Earthquake Unit (Jamaica), Seismic Research Centre (Trinidad) and being working in practical engineering issues at the Ministry of Public Works and the Planning Office of San Salvador (El Salvador). In El Salvador, he was the Civil Engineering Career Coordinator at Central American University (UCA) with teaching experience, and participated in a Seismic Risk Project during the first years of his career maintaining a strong motion network that successfully record the destructive subduction and upper crustal earthquakes on 2001. Currently, he is a Professor at Catholic University of El Salvador. He has published about 60 articles in peer-reviewed Journals, International Conferences, Reports and Books.

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