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Seismic hazard

R. M. W. Musson
Seismic hazard (in Geological hazards in the UK; their occurrence, monitoring and mitigation; Engineering Group Working Party report, David Peter Giles (editor) and J. S. Griffiths (editor))
Engineering Geology Special Publication (2020) 29: 43-60


It is often thought that earthquakes do not occur in the UK; however, the seismicity of the UK is usually classified as low-to-moderate. On average, a magnitude 3.2 Mw moment magnitude or larger earthquake occurs once per year, and 4.2 Mw or larger every 10 years. The latter is capable of causing non-structural damage to property. The damage caused by British earthquakes is generally not life-threatening, and no-one has been killed in a British earthquake (at the time of writing, May 2013) since 1940. Damage is caused by shaking, not by ground rupture, so the discovery of a fault surface trace at a construction site is not something to be worried about as far as seismic hazard is concerned. For most ordinary construction in the UK, earthquake hazard can be safely discounted; this is not the case with high-consequence facilities such as dams, bridges and nuclear power plants.

ISSN: 0267-9914
Serial Title: Engineering Geology Special Publication
Serial Volume: 29
Title: Seismic hazard
Title: Geological hazards in the UK; their occurrence, monitoring and mitigation; Engineering Group Working Party report
Author(s): Musson, R. M. W.
Author(s): Giles, David Petereditor
Author(s): Griffiths, J. S.editor
Affiliation: Lyell Centre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Affiliation: Card Geotechnics, Godalming, United Kingdom
Pages: 43-60
Published: 2020
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 978-1-78620-461-5
References: 88
Accession Number: 2021-064467
Categories: SeismologyEngineering geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
N50°00'00" - N61°00'00", W08°00'00" - E02°00'00"
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2021, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 2021
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