Call for abstracts on earthquake effects for 2 sessions at IAEG XII Congress (Torino), 2014

Dear colleagues,

please consider submitting abstracts to the following session to be held at the IAEG XII Congress in Torino, 15-19 September 2014:

  • Off-fault coseismic surface effects and their impact in urban areas
  • Surface fault-rupture hazard in urban areas

5.16 – Off-fault coseismic surface effects and their impact in urban areas

Session Description

Off-fault coseismic effects (soil liquefaction, landslides, subsidence from sediment compaction, …) produce extensive and severe damage in urban areas. In addition, these effects are generally induced and/or amplified by manmade modification of the territory. The prediction of these off-fault effects in urban areas needs a full comprehension of the generating processes coupled with a multi-layer analysis. The scientific contribution to the assessment of the areas prone to these hazards is thus critical for any land/urban planning and to develop activities to mitigate the hazard. This session invites presentations that cover the whole learning process from the observations of these phenomena to the understanding of their driving forces, the elaboration of hazard and microzonation maps, and earthquake engineering applications for risk mitigation.

Topics for the call are:

  • Co-seismic surface effects: observation, mapping and databases; case histories
  • Earthquake engineering applications for risk mitigation: microzonation studies (theory and case histories); numerical modelling; empirical approaches

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 April 2013 (


5.19 Surface fault-rupture hazard in urban areas

Surface Fault-Rupture Hazard (SFRH) is a localized seismic hazard due to the breaching of the ground surface from slip along a fault during earthquakes. Coseismic surface faulting may produce severe damage to buildings and infrastructures. Despite this, several urban areas and critical facilities are developed or planned on or in the vicinity of active faults, without inhabitants and administrators knowing the hazard they are living with, as only a few countries worldwide have specific regulations against SFRH.

The scientific contribution to the evaluation of SFRH is of great importance for safer land/urban planning and hazard mitigation following retrofitting strategies. It includes identification and quantification of fault traces, zoning, and communication to decision makers.

The session wants to attract contributions on SFRH including geologic observations (coseismic, paleoseismic, long-term), hazard modelling, and earthquake engineering applications for risk mitigation.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 April, 2013.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to send the full paper (four/five pages) that will be published in the Congress Proceedings, ready for September 2014, after a second peer reviewing process.

The abstracts must be uploaded at:

The text of the abstract may contain a maximum of 8000 characters, including blanks. Each abstract may contain only one figure, graph or a table.

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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