The University of Athens Hellenic Macroseismic Database (HMDB.UoA): historical earthquakes

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A systematic study of historical earthquakes leading to the quantification of earthquake effects in terms of macroseismic data points (MDPs) and, consequently, earthquake parameters has been carried out in the last decade at the Laboratory of Seismology of the University of Athens. For each earthquake, the available background information was evaluated and the corresponding macroseismic intensities assessed in terms of the European Macroseismic Scale 1998. A considerable amount of these MDPs contributed to the Archive of Historical Earthquake Data inventory through European initiatives (NERIES and SHARE). Based on the structure of the European Database, the local version of the Hellenic Macroseismic Database (HMDB.UoA) was designed incorporating historical earthquakes of the period 1000–1899 from the eastern Aegean area, central Greece and Ionian Islands. In its present form, the HMDB.UoA includes 90 events with I max ≥ 7 (868 MDPs) and 1,088 events with I max < 7 (1,273 MDPs). The database is hosted on the website http://macroseismology.geol.uoa.gr/.

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Within the EU project SHARE, the database presented in this paper is the product of a fruitful collaboration between the University of Athens and INGV Milano. We are indebted to Kostas Makropoulos and Max Stucchi for their continuous support and encouragement, Mario Locati for his important technical support and advice, Kostas Taxeidis for his invaluable comments and Nikos Sakellariou and Giannis Misailidis for all their efforts in inserting and checking the database contents.

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Kouskouna, V., Sakkas, G. The University of Athens Hellenic Macroseismic Database (HMDB.UoA): historical earthquakes. J Seismol 17, 1253–1280 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10950-013-9390-3

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Keywords

  • Macroseismic data points
  • Historical earthquakes
  • Database
  • Intensity maps
  • WebGIS