Natural Hazards

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 245–254 | Cite as

Earthquake hazard in Jordan

  • Robert L. Kovach


An estimate of the maximum macroseismic intensities and ground accelerations which might be expected for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is made. The inferred maximum magnitudes lie in the range of 6.1 to 7.3 although the possibility that larger earthquakes can occur with long recurrence times cannot be precluded. Peak horizontal accelerations in the range of 0.4 to 0.5 g can be expected in Jordan. Probabilistic estimates indicate that the odds are about even (50-50) that an earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6 will occur within 80 years.

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Earthquake hazards Jordan 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Kovach
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeophysicsStanford UniversityStanfordU.S.A.

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