Natural Hazards

, Volume 54, Issue 3, pp 725–747 | Cite as

Seismicity of Eastern Algeria: a revised and extended earthquake catalogue

  • Assia Harbi
  • Antonella Peresan
  • Giuliano F. Panza
Original Paper

Abstract

A new revised earthquake catalogue for Eastern Algeria [22°N-38°N–4°E-9.5°E], from 419 to 2008, has been compiled as a starting point for a catalogue dealing with the whole country. The re-evaluation is based on a critical method, and formal criteria are adopted in the parameterization of the earthquake catalogue. Two digital versions are produced: (a) a basic version, presented here, including all the compiled data, the authors of each quoted parameter and the quality rank of the macroseismic information; (b) a second version, obtained after removing doubtful events and parameters, is produced in order to carry out statistical analyses. The newly compiled earthquake catalogue provides a more reliable picture of the seismicity in Eastern Algeria than the previous ones as shown by the comparison of the recent catalogues over the common territory and time span. This catalogue can be easily updated and adapted to the needs of the user.

Keywords

Algeria Earthquake catalogue Damage distribution Intensity Magnitude 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was conducted within the framework of the “Centre de Recherche en Astronomie, Astrophysique et Géophysique, CRAAG” project N. E007/08 and benefited from the International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP-OEA, Trieste) Programme, in the framework of the North Africa Seismological Group (NASG), and the bilateral MAE Italy-Algeria project. The first author thanks the “Seismic Databank Service” of CRAAG for the assistance with the preparation of the instrumental earthquake catalogue (from 2003 to 2008). We are grateful to the reviewers for their suggestions, remarks and comments on an earlier version of the manuscript.

Supplementary material

11069_2009_9497_MOESM1_ESM.xls (1.3 mb)
The ECEA until 2008: the basic version (provided as Electronic Supplementary Material in Excell format) (XLS 1297 kb)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Assia Harbi
    • 1
  • Antonella Peresan
    • 2
    • 3
  • Giuliano F. Panza
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre de Recherche en AstronomieAstrophysique et GéophysiqueAlgiersAlgeria
  2. 2.The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Scienze della TerraUniversita di TriesteTriesteItaly

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