Historical Seismology: Interdisciplinary Studies of Past and Recent Earthquakes

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Julien Fréchet, Mustapha Meghraoui, Massimiliano Stucchi
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 22, 2008 - Science - 446 pages
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Modern seismology has faced new challenges in the study of earthquakes and their physical characteristics. This volume is dedicated to the use of new approaches and presents a state of the art in historical seismology. Selected historical and recent earthquakes are chosen to document and constrain related seismic parameters using updated methodologies in the macroseismic analysis, field observations of damage distribution and tectonic effects, and modelling of seismic waveforms. A critical re-evaluation of historical accounts and early seismograms provides us with the basis for a realistic seismic hazard assessment. This book is dedicated to the memory of Jean Vogt (1929 - 2005).

Audience: This book is of value to seismologists, earthquake geologists, engineering seismologists, earth scientists and historians of catastrophes.

 

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Contents

His Life as a Seismologist Geologist Geographer and Historian
3
le cas de Trinidad
17
Descriptive Catalogues of Historical Earthquakes in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East Revisited
25
Reappraisal of Historical Earthquake Information
40
A Glimpse into the Seismicity of the Ionian Islands Between 1658 and 1664
43
Investigation of pre1700 Earthquakes Between the Adda and the Middle Adige River Basins Southern Alps
92
Past and Future of Historical Seismicity Studies in France
131
Earthquakes of the XIV and XV Centuries in Catalonia NE Spain
146
The 1789 Valtiberina Earthquake
249
Review of the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake Based on Recent Analyses of Historical Observations
261
Quantifying Historical Earthquakes Effects Intensity Magnitude Seismograms
301
Earthquake Effects on Nature and Macroseismic Intensity Scales
302
What is the Lowest Magnitude Threshold at Which an Earthquake can be Felt or Heard or Objects Thrown into the Air?
313
Insights for the Seismic Hazard and Historical Earthquake Sources in Northern Algeria
327
A Comparative Analysis
351
Application to the Pyrenees and a 1905 Earthquake in the Alps
368

A Critical Reappraisal of the Historical Evidence
163
Case Studies New Data and Critical Analysis
185
The Case for LargeM 7 Earthquakes Felt in the UK in Historical Times
187
The 18 September 1692 Earthquake in the Belgian Ardenne and Its Aftershocks
208
A Milestone in Macroseismic Methodology?
231
Quantitative Analysis of Early Seismograph Recordings
385
Making NonDigitallyRecorded Seismograms Accessible Online for Studying Earthquakes
403
Index
429
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MEGHRAOUI Mustapha

Co-editor of the special volume "Active Faulting and Paleoseismology" in Journal of Seismology 5 (2001).

STUCCHI Massimiliano

Co-editor of the "European Macroseismic Scale 1998"

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