Chapter 4. Seismic Hazard Assessment

  1. David J. Dowrick

Published Online: 30 AUG 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470869356.ch4

Earthquake Risk Reduction

Earthquake Risk Reduction

How to Cite

Dowrick, D. J. (2003) Seismic Hazard Assessment, in Earthquake Risk Reduction, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470869356.ch4

Author Information

  1. Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 AUG 2005
  2. Published Print: 4 JUL 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496885

Online ISBN: 9780470869352



  • seismic hazard assessment;
  • tectonic provinces;
  • tilting and warping;
  • Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA);
  • faults and faulting;
  • active faults;
  • spatial distribution of earthquakes;
  • epidemic-type aftershock (ETAS) model;
  • design earthquakes;
  • semi-deterministic or semi-probabilistic assessment


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Crustal strain and moment release

  • Regional seismotectonics

  • Faulting

  • Earthquake distribution in space, size and time

  • The nature and attenuation of ground motions

  • Design earthquakes

  • Faults—hazard and design considerations

  • Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA)

  • Probabilistic vs. deterministic seismic hazard assessment