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Historical earthquake parameters by geological and seismic site analysis: the 1908 Cerbon earthquake (Spain)

Sanz Perez, E; Menendez-Pidal, I, ; Galindo Aires, R; Lopez-Querol, MS; Pascual-Arribas, C; (2016) Historical earthquake parameters by geological and seismic site analysis: the 1908 Cerbon earthquake (Spain). Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment , 75 (3) pp. 1251-1271. 10.1007/s10064-016-0864-8. Green open access

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Abstract

Seismic catalogues summarize information mainly on recent earthquakes and seismic events, recorded by means of relatively new instruments. Hence, this information, although being of high quality and quantitative value, sometimes is rather incomplete, since historical earthquakes are neglected in many cases. An example is the 1908 Cerbón earthquake (in Spain). This shake caused a good number of effects in the epicentre and surrounding area, triggering a huge landslide among some other effects. A complete geological and seismic site analysis, accompanied by a historical review of testimonies and journals of the time describing this particular earthquake, has been carried out, along with a deep field investigation to identify the mechanism of this landslide and the characteristics of the involved materials. A retrospective pseudo-static numerical simulation has been carried out to calculate the most probable range of peak horizontal accelerations during the earthquake. The results demonstrate the moderate relevance of this shake, also allowing us to quantify its objective importance. The presented methodology can be easily extended to some other similar cases, if seismic catalogues are to be completed for future designs accounting for seismic considerations.

Type: Article
Title: Historical earthquake parameters by geological and seismic site analysis: the 1908 Cerbon earthquake (Spain)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10064-016-0864-8
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10064-016-0864-8
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Historical earthquakes, Slope instabilities, Pseudo-static simulation, Superficial earthquakes, Hydrogeological effects of earthquakes
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1493255
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