Damages from earthquakes may be locally increased by spotty seismic wave amplification, generally known as site effects. There are numerous reports of observed localized higher damages from earthquakes related either to seismic wave velocity contrasts at depth, often evidenced by ambient vibration H/V peaks (e.g. Guéguen et al.1998, 2000; Panou et al. 2005; Teves-Costa et al. 2007; Theodulidis et al. 2008; Cara et al. 2008; Hellel et al. 2010) or to topographic amplification (e.g., Boore 1972; Çelebi 1987, 1991; Ashford and Sitar 1994; Athanasopoulos et...

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