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Micro-zoning For Earthquakes In A Developing Country: Quito, Ecuador

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SD950221

Volume

15

Pages

8

Published

1995

Size

752 kb

Author(s)

J. Valverde, F. Kaneko, C. Villacis, W.D. Liam Finn & B. Tucker

Abstract

Micro-zoning for earthquakes in a developing country: Quito, Ecuador J. Valverde", F. Kaneko*, C. Villacis*, W.D. Liam Finn', B. Tucker* °Escuela Politecnica National, Quito, Ecuador ^Oyo Corporation, Tokyo, Japan ^Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T1Z4, Canada ^Geohazards International, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Ca/z/brma, OSW ABSTRACT Maps of seismic intensity for three scenario earthquakes were developed for Quito, Ecuador, to provide a basis for damage assessment and risk management. The paper shows how state-of-practice procedures were adapted to a region for which there are few records of ground motion but a long seismic history. 1. INTRODUCTION Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in 1534 with an initial population of about 200 people and an area of about 30 hectares. By 1990, the population had increased to 1.1 million and the metropolitan area covered 290 square kilometres. The population is

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