Ground-shaking hazard maps based on sound earth-science research are effective tools for mitigating damage from future earthquakes. Assuming that future earthquakes will occur on active faults or near previous events and that the ground shaking from these events will fall within the range of globally recorded ground motions leads to probabilistic hazard maps that predict ground-shaking potential across a region. Developing hazard and risk maps requires technical interactions between earth scientists and engineers to estimate the rate of potential earthquakes across a region, quantify likely ground-shaking levels at a site, and understand how buildings respond to strong ground shaking. For...

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