About the book
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.