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GEOL0054 Earthquake Seismology & Earthquake Hazard

Earthquake mechanics; fault models; seismic waves; earthquake hazards and ground shaking; earthquake responses; spectrums; site effects; tsunami mechanisms and warning systems.

This MSc provides an introduction to geohazards, research methods and field techniques, together with advanced courses in seismology, volcanology, hydrogeological hazards and meteorology.

Coordinator: Prof. Adrian Chandler

Module Details
TitleEarthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard
UG CodeGEOL0054
CoordinatorProf. Adrian Chandler
Other Contributors 
Term2
Credits20
Written Exam70%
Coursework30%
Pre-Requisites 
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement 
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188
Hours of Lectures/Seminars24
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes12
Hours of Tutorials0
Days of Fieldwork0
OtherNone
Content

Topics include:

  • Earthquake generation, magnitude-recurrence relationships and their applications
  • Ground shaking from earthquakes and accelerograms
  • Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment
  • Seismic hazard mapping
  • Site classification, amplification and liquefaction
  • Causes of tsunamis
  • Earthquake and tsunami impacts

 

AIMS

The course aims to provide an understanding of practical seismic hazard and impact assessment.

OUTCOMES

The students will acquire the following practical skills:

  • Practical applications of ground motion prediction equations (GMPE's)
  • Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA)
  • Seismic hazard mapping
  • Earthquake site assessment
  • Response spectrum formulation and utilisation
  • Utilisation of internet sources of geophysical information to understand and assess earthquake hazards