The papers in this text cover aspects of current research in earthquake hazard and seismic risk. They address the algorithms and methodology used in seismological applications, the reliability of these techniques with the decreasing level of probability and uncertainty associated with various seismotectonic settings, the physical and statistical nature of earthquake occurrences, strong ground motions and effects of surface seismogeological conditions. The work includes papers that illustrate the assessment of earthquake hazard and seismic risk through applications at sites in either inter-plate or intra-plate tectonic settings. These papers also cover hazard assessment in regions of rare large earthquakes.
Part 1 Seismicity, stress fields and focal mechanism: low energy sequences in areas with high seismic potential - Benevento (Southern Apennines), April 1990, G. Alessio, et al; the probability of the time occurrence of strong earthquake for some zones in Albania, V. Peci; statistical estimation of the maximum magnitude and its uncertainty from a catalogue including magnitude errors, B. Osher; estimation of the upper bound magnitude in earthquake hazard assessment in Slovenia, J. Lapajne, B.S. Motnikar; the analysis of the spatial-temporal structure of seismicity in the Baikal rift zone, A.V. Solonenko, et al; changes of the state of stress and deformation in epicentral zones during the aftershocks period; Yu.P. Skorovodkin, et al; dispersion and probability density function for focal mechanisms tensors, S.G. Tyuleneva, S.G. Yunga. Part 2 Earthquake hazard and seismic risk: preliminary seismic hazard assessment for the Italian seismic code, D. Slejko; earthquake hazard assessment for the Czech Republic and adjacent area, V. Schenk, et al; sensitivity of seismic hazard estimates to the use of historical site data, M. Mucciarelli, et al; recent trends in regional and global seismic hazard assessment, D. Giardini, P. Basham; importance of geological data in probabilistic seismic hazard assessments - a case study from Etue, western Norway, K. Atakan, et al; expert system for earthquake hazard assessment - ESEHA, Z. Yueqing, et al; estimating losses from future earthquake in China, C. Yong, et al; earthquake risk assessment in Greece; G. Papadopoulos, A. Arvanitides; a comprehensive data base of catastrophic earthquakes, G. Sobolev, et al. Part 3: strong ground motion and microzonation - a study of site effects on strong motion records obtained from local network around Gulf of Corinth (central Greece), K.C. Makropoulos, et al; strong motion modelling at the site of an electric power plant in Avezzano, Italy, A. Mendez, et al; application of microseisms to microzoning of an urban area in a sedimentary basin, J. Akamatsu, et al; peculiarities of ground seismic ground reaction in Kishinev, Moldova, A. Roman, V. Alkaz.