More than 20 damaging earthquakes have happened in the past 300 years in the Lower Rhine Embayment (LRE), a young sedimentary basin with typical intraplate seismicity (Hinzen and Reamer forthcoming). The most recent damaging earthquakes were those of Alsdorf, 22 July 2002 (M 4.3; Hinzen 2005) and Roermond, 13 April 1992 (M 5.4; Camelbeeck et al. 1994). The latter had a hypocentral depth of more than 15 km and a sedimentary cover of more than 1 km in the source area. These conditions helped to constrain the damages to a moderate level of approximately...

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