Free book: Catalogue of the geological effects of earthquakes in Spain (in Spanish)

Spain may not be as famous for its earthquakes as Greece, Turkey or Italy, but significant events do shake the western part of the Mediterranean, too. Numerous paleoseismological and archaeoseismological studies as well as research on historical quakes have been undertaken on the Iberian peninsula. A new book was now published by the IGME which collects all the information currently available on the geological effects of earthquakes in Spain. The book is in Spanish and available for free download here:

The catalogue includes 44 quakes between 218 BC and AD 2011.

The book presents the current state of the ESI-07 scale, describes the possible earthquake environmental effects, and explains the assignment of ESI-07 intensity degrees. The same is done for the earthquake archaeological effects used in this catalogue. Then, all earthquakes in Spain of which details on the geological effects are known are listed and the present day knowledge is documented in detail.

This book is the ultimate reference for the study of damaging earthquakes in Spain and also a highly interesting read – even for those who do not speak Spanish thanks to the numerous figures.


Catálogo de los efectos geológicos de los terremotos en España. Pablo G. Silva & Miguel A. Rodríguez Pascua (eds.), 2014. Madrid, Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Asociación Españolo para el Estudio del Quaternario. 352 p., ISBN 978-84-7840-938-9.

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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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