Chapter 7. Site Selection and Seismic Hazard Assessment

  1. Dr Andrew Coburn MA, DipArch, PhD1,2 and
  2. Dr Robin Spence MA, MSc, PhD Reader in Architectural Engineering and Fellow of Magdalene College Director3,4

Published Online: 17 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470855185.ch7

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

How to Cite

Coburn, A. and Spence, R. (2002) Site Selection and Seismic Hazard Assessment, in Earthquake Protection, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470855185.ch7

Author Information

  1. 1

    Risk Management Solutions Inc., USA

  2. 2

    Associate of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

  3. 3

    University of Cambridge, UK

  4. 4

    Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2006
  2. Published Print: 6 SEP 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496144

Online ISBN: 9780470855188



  • site-related earthquake hazards;
  • earthquake-induced soil liquefaction;
  • ground motion amplification;
  • microzoning;
  • Gutenberg–Richter formula;
  • ground motion attenuation relationships;
  • Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Project (GSHAP);
  • earthquake design loads;
  • maximum credible earthquake (MCE)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Choice of Siting

  • Site-related Earthquake Hazards

  • Estimating Ground Motion Hazard

  • Effect of Site Conditions on Seismic Hazard

  • Microzoning

  • Mapping of Insurance Risks

  • Further Reading