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Authors: Vilanova, S.P.
Oliveira, C.S.
Brum da Silveira, A.
Madeira, J.
Nemser, E.S.
Fonseca, J.
Arvidsson, R.
Besana-Ostman, G.M.
Bezzeghoud, M.
Borges, J.F.
Cabral, J.
Carvalho, J.
Cunha, P.P.
Dias, R.P.
Lopes, F.C.
Perea, H.
Wong, L.
Editors: Oliveira, C.S.
Costa, A.
Varum, H.
Keywords: Seismogenic source
Seismic Hazard
Issue Date: 20-Oct-2010
Citation: Nemser E.S., J. Cabral, P. Terrinha, S. Vilanova, G.M. Besana-Ostman, M. Bezzeghoud, J.F. Borges, A. Brum Da Silveira, J. Carvalho, R.P. Dias, P.M. Figueiredo, J.F.B.D. Fonseca, F.C. Lopes, J. Madeira, L. Matias, H. Perea, S. Silva, I.G. Wong, 2010. Compilation of active fault data in Portugal for use in seismic hazard analysis, Eds: Oliveira C.S., Costa A., Vrum H. SÍSMICA 2010 – 8o Congresso de Sismologia e Engenharia Sísmica, Aveiro, September 2010.
Abstract: The development of seismogenic source models is one of the first steps in seismic hazard assessment. In seismic hazard terminology, seismic source zones (SSZ) are polygons (or volumes) that delineate areas with homogeneous characteristics of seismicity. The importance of using knowledge on geology, seismicity and tectonics in the definition of source zones has been recognized for a long time [1]. However, the definition of SSZ tends to be subjective and controversial. Using SSZ based on broad geology, by spreading the seismicity clusters throughout the areal extent of a zone, provides a way to account for possible long-term non-stationary seismicity behavior [2,3]. This approach effectively increases seismicity rates in regions with no significant historical or instrumental seismicity, while decreasing seismicity rates in regions that display higher rates of seismicity. In contrast, the use of SSZ based on concentrations of seismicity or spatial smoothing results in stationary behavior [4]. In the FP7 Project SHARE (Seismic Hazard Harmonization in Europe), seismic hazard will be assessed with a logic tree approach that allows for three types of branches for seismicity models: a) smoothed seismicity, b) SSZ, c) SSZ and faults. In this context, a large-scale zonation model for use in the smoothed seismicity branch, and a new consensus SSZ model for Portugal and Azores have been developed. The new models were achieved with the participation of regional experts by combining and adapting existing models and incorporating new regional knowledge of the earthquake potential. The main criteria used for delineating the SSZ include distribution of seismicity, broad geological architecture, crustal characteristics (oceanic versus continental, tectonically active versus stable, etc.), historical catalogue completeness, and the characteristics of active or potentially-active faults. This model will be integrated into an Iberian model of SSZ to be used in the Project SHARE seismic hazard assessment.
ISBN: 978-989-95695-4-6
Type: article
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