Articles | Volume 18, issue 6
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1665–1679, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1665-2018
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1665–1679, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1665-2018

Research article 20 Jun 2018

Research article | 20 Jun 2018

Earthquakes on the surface: earthquake location and area based on more than 14 500 ShakeMaps

Stephanie Lackner

Data sets

ANSS Comprehensive Earthquake Catalog (ComCat) Documentation ComCat https://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/comcat/

Global Significant Earthquake Database, 2150 BC to present National Geophysical Data Center/World Data Service (NGDC/WDS) https://doi.org/10.7289/V5TD9V7K

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This study constructs a comprehensive dataset of global strong ground motion data to define new concepts of earthquake location and strong shaking area. These concepts can help to facilitate a more effective communication of the natural hazard of earthquakes that is focused on surface shaking. Past earthquake shaking is analyzed to support a transition of the discussion of earthquakes from seismology to a geography context and thus foster improved social science research on earthquake impacts.
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