The evaluation of seismic hazard over wide territories is a basic tool for planning activities aimed at earthquake damage mitigation. This is commonly performed through probabilistic approaches based on the statistical analysis of past seismicity. Among these, due to its wide application worldwide, the Cornell-McGuire approach (Cornell 1968; McGuire 1978) has become a kind of “standard” methodology for probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA). In Italy, several national seismic hazard maps were produced in recent years (Slejko et al. 1998; Albarello et al. 2000; MPS Working Group 2004) by following this procedure as implemented...

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