The most important practical aspect of regional seismicity is its potential for structural damage. Although Fennoscandia is characterized by a fairly low rate of spatially scattered seismicity, the seismic hazard must be considered for sensitive structures like dams, mines, nuclear power plants, underground depositories for radioactive waste, oil platforms, etc. The main objective of the present study is to provide a detailed map of the median seismic hazard (horizontal PGA) for Fennoscandia for a mean return period of 475 years using modern computational algorithms.

There are competing hypotheses as to the cause of earthquakes in Fennoscandia: release of stresses built...

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