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Title: State-of-the-art for assessing earthquake hazards in the United States. Report 29, Selection of earthquake ground motions for engineering
Authors: Soils and Pavements Laboratory (U.S.)
Krinitzsky, E. L.
Keywords: Design earthquakes
Earthquake hazards
Earthquake risk
Deterministic seismic hazards
Probabilistic seismic hazards
Earthquake ground motions
Earthquake hazard analysis
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Abstract: Earthquake ground motions for major engineering projects are based on a thorough evaluation of geologic hazards to identify earthquake sources and to estimate the earthquake potential of each. Earthquake ground motions are assigned to the sources by either deterministic or probabilistic procedures. A deterministic evaluation takes the maximum credible earthquakes from each source and attenuates their motions to the site. Accelerograms and/or response spectra are assigned to represent analogous earthquake excitations at the site. The objective is to design against any reasonable eventuality, regardless of time, because there is no way to know when the earthquake may or may not happen during the design lifetime of a critical structure. A probabilistic evaluation includes the element of time in the assessment of an earthquake threat. Simple probability is based on projections of b-values. More complex probabilities involve adjustments to the b-values. None of these is reliable. The deterministic method is used for assigning earthquake ground motions for critical structures in seismically active areas. Simple probability, based on seismic hazard maps, can be used for non-critical structures or for areas of low seismic threat.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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