Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

Although the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ) is the most active seismic region in the eastern United States, paleoliquefaction features are often used to analyze the previous seismic activities, due to the long recurrence interval of large earthquakes. A new methodology is proposed in this paper to estimate the seismic parameters associated with previous earthquakes based on the results of seismic cone penetration tests (SCPT), using the simplified procedure of liquefaction analysis and the attenuation relationships developed for the corresponding seismic areas. This methodology is validated through the paleoliquefaction studies at two sites associated with the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (Moss Landing and Yueba Puena Cove). It is then applied to estimate the magnitude and peak ground acceleration (PGA) for the major previous earthquakes in the NMSZ.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

5-24-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Estimating Seismic Parameters Associated with Previous Earthquakes by SCPTU Soundings in the NMSZ

San Diego, California

Although the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ) is the most active seismic region in the eastern United States, paleoliquefaction features are often used to analyze the previous seismic activities, due to the long recurrence interval of large earthquakes. A new methodology is proposed in this paper to estimate the seismic parameters associated with previous earthquakes based on the results of seismic cone penetration tests (SCPT), using the simplified procedure of liquefaction analysis and the attenuation relationships developed for the corresponding seismic areas. This methodology is validated through the paleoliquefaction studies at two sites associated with the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (Moss Landing and Yueba Puena Cove). It is then applied to estimate the magnitude and peak ground acceleration (PGA) for the major previous earthquakes in the NMSZ.