Journal of Seismology

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 1451–1467 | Cite as

Comparative analysis of strong motion (SM) records from the July 2017 Ohrid seismic sequence

  • Cvetan Sinadinovski
  • Lazo Pekevski
  • Dragi Dojcinovski
  • Dragana Cernih


During the months of June–July 2017, the Lake Ohrid area in the southwestern Macedonia experienced a series of small to intermediate earthquakes. More than a thousand earthquakes occurred in that period, all in the epicentral area about 10 km east-northeast from Ohrid city center. The earthquakes showed characteristics of a swarm with 50 of them having magnitudes of 3 or greater and the strongest reaching magnitude M5.0. The earthquakes caused concern among the people in Ohrid and neighboring cities and villages and prompted the installation of two networks of temporary stations. One network was deployed in the epicentral area to determine in more detail the earthquakes’ depth and source parameters. The other urban network of instruments was installed to monitor the influence of the ground on the amplification of shaking and the dynamics of structures in the city of Ohrid. In this study, a selection of the urban network strong motion (SM) records was analyzed for the first time. Accelerograph records from a magnitude M3.1 earthquake recorded at eight places in the city and from the two earthquakes with magnitudes M4.2 and M5.0 recorded at the permanent seismological station Ohrid (code OHR) were used. The results of the behavior of the instrumented building were also compared with the findings of previous experiments. The differences in the spectral values on the SM records from the stations were investigated in respect to the ground conditions and location where the instruments were installed, i.e., bedrock and sediments at the sites. The power spectra and the H/V ratio of the earthquake records from the 2017 seismic sequence in the Ohrid area were also viewed in respect to the Eurocode-8. In addition to being used as part of standard engineering practice, this information about the local soil conditions can be of interest to geophysicists in seismic and geotechnical investigations, as well as in seismic risk-assessment applications.


Earthquake Strong motion records Response-spectra analysis 



The authors are thankful to the management of the UKIM Seismological Observatory and the Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (IZIIS) in Skopje for the permission to publish these unique datasets. Additional acknowledgment goes to the team members who installed the stations and collected and processed the data. The junior staff at SKO Observatory Monika Andreeska and Arse Kuzmanovski is credited for mapping and assistance in interpretation. Special gratitude goes to the reviewers of the article for the journal, whose comments greatly improve its clarity and organization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Earthquake Engineering SocietyMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Seismological Observatory at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (PMF)University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” (UKIM)SkopjeRepublic of Macedonia
  3. 3.UKIM—Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology—IZIISSkopjeRepublic of Macedonia

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