While Kuwait is relatively quiet seismically, it is situated near the eastern margin of the Arabian Plate, about 150–300 km from the collision zone between the Arabian and Eurasian Plates. The Zagros fold belt (Figure 1), which is located in the collision zone, is a major source of large earthquakes that can produce ground motion likely to pose a risk to the population, buildings, and infrastructure of Kuwait (Nowroozi and Mohajar-Ashjai, 1985; Ni and Barazangi, 1986). The situation of Kuwait City is similar to that of Mexico City, where large but distant earthquakes can cause great damage...

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