The most recent catalogue of earthquakes in Jordan and conterminous areas is used to derive formulae for the principal seismic ground motion parameters of peak ground acceleration (PGA), surface wave magnitude (Ms), Mercalli intensity (I0(MM)), and epicentral distance (R). In this context, empirical relations characterizing earthquake ground motion attenuation in Jordan are developed. The main purpose of this paper is to assist engineers in estimating ground motion parameters in the pre-planning and design stages of construction as well as to help seismologists in decisions concerning the installation and operation of earthquake strong motion instrumentation around the country.

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