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Historical Seismology: Interdisciplinary Studies of Past and Recent Earthquakes

Edited By: Julien Frechet, Mustapha Meghraoui and Massimiliano Stucchi

443 pages, 110 illus


Hardback | Sep 2008 | #173923 | ISBN-13: 9781402082214
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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.

From the reviews: "The book dedicated to Jean Vogt (1929-2005) is a collection of articles on historical seismology. ! gives very deep insight into the historical catalogues and the numerous traps in historical data for the inexperienced researcher. It should be read by everyone planning to study historical seismicity. ! As a whole the book presents interesting reading, especially to those who are interested in the specifically presented case studies. ! a book that is a form of tribute to Jean Vogt is fully justified." (Pawel Wiejacz, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 166, 2009)


Preface. Acknowledgements. I. Introduction: Jean Vogt heritage, learning from the past. Jean Vogt 1929-2005: His life as a seismologist, geologist, geographer, and historian; J. Frechet and P. Albini. Comprendre et completer un catalogue de seismes: le cas de Trinidad; J. Vogt. Descriptive catalogues of historical earthquakes in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle east; revisited; N. Ambraseys. II. Reappraisal of historical earthquake information. A glimpse into the seismicity of the Ionian Islands between 1658 and 1664; P. Albini and J. Vogt. Investigation of pre-1700 earthquakes between the Adda and the middle Adige River basins (Southern Alps); M. Stucchi et al. Past and future of historical seismicity studies in France; J. Frechet. Review of historical earthquakes in the lower middle age: earthquakes of the XIV and XV centuries in Catalonia (NE Spain); C. Olivera et al. Strong earthquakes in north-western Africa in the second half of the 17th century, AD: a critical reappraisal of the historical evidence; R. Camassi et al. III. Case studies, new data and critical analysis. The case for large (M>7) earthquakes felt in the UK in historical times; R.M.W. Musson. The 18 September 1692 earthquake in the Belgian Ardenne and its aftershocks; P. Alexandre et al. The 1855 Visp (Switzerland) earthquake: A milestone in macroseismic methodology?; M. Gisler et al. In troubled times, in a divided country: the 1789 Valtiberina earthquake; V. Castelli. Review of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake based on recent analyses of historical observations; C. Sousa Oliveira. IV. Quantifying historical earthquakes: effects, intensity, magnitude, seismograms. Earthquake effects on nature and macroseismic intensity scales; J. Vogt. What is the lowest magnitude threshold at which an earthquake can be felt or heard, or objects thrown into the air?; F. Thouvenot and M. Bouchon. Attenuation of intensity for the Zemmouri earthquake of 21 May 2003 (Mw 6.8): Insights for the seismic hazard and historical earthquake sources in northern Algeria; S. Maouche et al. Large 19th century earthquakes in Eastern/Central North America: A comparative analysis; S.E. Hough. Magnitude of historical earthquakes, from macroseismic data to seismic waveform modelling: application to the Pyrenees and a 1905 earthquake in the Alps; M. Cara et al. Quantitative analysis of early seismograph recordings; J. Batllo et al. Making non-digitally-recorded seismograms accessible online for studying earthquakes; W.H.K. Lee and R.B. Benson. Index.

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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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