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Seismic Hazard Modeling for the Recovery of Christchurch

Matthew C. Gerstenberger, Graeme A. McVerry, David A. Rhoades, & Mark W. Stirling

Published February 2014, SCEC Contribution #6058

New time-dependent seismicity models for the Christchurch region reflect the greatly enhanced seismicity in the region at present, and the gradual decrease of the seismicity over the next few decades. These seismicity models, along with modified ground-motion prediction equations and revised hazard calculation procedures have been used to derive new seismic hazard estimates for timeframes from months to 50 years. The hazard estimates have been used for a variety of applications crucial to planning and implementing the recovery of Christchurch. The new model includes higher amplitude spectra for designing new structures and assessing existing ones, magnitude-weighted peak ground acceleration hazard curves that account for duration effects for liquefaction assessment and remediation, and peak ground acceleration curves for evaluating the probabilities of rock falls. Particularly challenging has been the incorporation of time-varying hazard components into the redesign levels.

Gerstenberger, M. C., McVerry, G. A., Rhoades, D. A., & Stirling, M. W. (2014). Seismic Hazard Modeling for the Recovery of Christchurch. Earthquake Spectra, 30(1), 17-29. doi: 10.1193/021913EQS037M.

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