A unified database of large European earthquakes

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Abstract

Understanding the potential for large earthquake disasters in the Euro-Mediterranean region, including effects from tsunamis, is a high priority in the European seismological community. Accurate locations and magnitudes are of utmost importance in order to determine various parameters needed for seismic hazard assessment.

Data from local earthquake catalogues for all of Europe and the near surroundings have now been compiled and homogenized in historical as well as instrumental time. This new database concentrates on large earthquakes (Mw≥6). Studies of this new database conclude that the earthquake locations concentrate around main tectonic features with less scatter than has been provided by existing databases from international seismological agencies and other previous compilations.

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