National seismic hazard maps for Japan with meshes of 1×1 km2 were published by the Earthquake Research Committee of Japan in March 2005. They are updated annually to reflect time passage of event recurrence (NIED 2005). Since the probabilistic seismic hazard maps focus on estimates for 30 and even 50 years, strict validation of the maps requires probabilistic and statistical approaches with future data. Nevertheless, in this study, as the first step in verifying the validity of the maps, we compared the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) instrumental intensities from strong-motion records for the 10-year period ending 31...

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