Seismic Retrofitting: Learning from Vernacular Architecture - Vernacular Seismic Culture in Portugal Research Project Funded under the National Research Agency FCT, SEISMIC-V 2013
Seismic hazard assessment is a pre-requisite to the mitigation of seismic risk through earthquakeresistant building techniques. While such assessment may be qualitative – i.e., part of the seismic culture of a community – modern building codes have at their core a thorough quantitative analysis of seismic hazard. Mapping the hazard is also critical for sound land-use planning. In this paper, the concepts and terminology used in seismic hazard analysis are introduced, distinguishing between deterministic and probabilistic hazard. Recent results at the European scale are presented, and a detailed analysis for Portugal is also discussed. The Plate Tectonics rationale behind the global distribution of seismicity and seismic hazard is introduced. © 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, London.
Year of publication: 2015