Environmental Geology

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 81–91 | Cite as

A liquefaction severity index suggested for engineering practice

  • H. Sonmez
  • C. Gokceoglu
Original Article


One of the major tasks in earthquake geotechnical engineering is the preparation of liquefaction susceptibility maps. For this purpose, some indices associated with liquefaction susceptibility are used. However, the currently used indices have some limitations. In this study, a liquefaction severity index, which can be used in preparation of susceptibility maps, is suggested. The suggested severity index is applied to two sites selected from Taiwan (Yuanlin) and Turkey (Inegol) to examine performance. The application indicated that the suggested index shows a good performance for the selected sites, and can be considered as a tool for further studies.


Earthquakes Inegol (Turkey) Liquefaction potential index Liquefaction severity index Yuanlin (Taiwan) 



The authors are very appreciative of Professor Dr. Resat Ulusay for his contributions to the manuscript. The authors would like to thank Professor Charng Hsein Juang for the liquefaction web-site presenting geotechnical data of 1999 Chi-Chi Taiwan earthquake.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering, Geological Engineering Department, Applied Geology DivisionHacettepe UniversityBeytepe-AnkaraTurkey

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