pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 143, Issue 4, pp 617–632 | Cite as

Estimates of site seismicity rates using ill-defined macroseismic data

  • Luca Magri
  • Marco Mucciarelli
  • Dario Albarello


A new approach to the problem of site seismic hazard analysis is proposed, based on intensity data affected by uncertainties. This approach takes into account the ordinal and discrete character of intensities, trying to avoid misleading results due to the assumption that intensity can be treated as a real number (continuous distribution estimators, attenuation relationships, etc.). The proposed formulation is based on the use of a distribution function describing, for each earthquake, the probability that site seismic effects can be described by each possible intensity value. In order to obtain site hazard estimates where local data are lacking, the dependence of this distribution function with the distance from the macroseismic epicenter and with epicentral intensity is examined. A methodology has been developed for the purpose of combining such probabilities and estimating site seismicity rates which takes into account the effect of uncertainties involved in this kind of analysis. An application of this approach is described and discussed.

Key words

Seismic hazard macroseismic intensity 


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© Birkhäuser-Verlag 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Luca Magri
    • 1
  • Marco Mucciarelli
    • 1
  • Dario Albarello
    • 2
  1. 1.ISMESBergamoItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraUniversitá di SienaItaly

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