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Title: Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment for Georgia

Abstract

Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessments (PSHA) form the basis for most contemporary seismic provisions in building codes around the world. The current building code of Georgia (2009) is not fully compatible with seismic hazard and design concepts of modern codes. The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia is currently undertaking an update to the building code to align it with EuroCode. In conjunction with EuroCode, a National Annex specific to Georgia is needed, including seismic hazard values for the territory of Georgia. A comprehensive earthquake catalogue is fundamental to a robust PSHA in the region. The Caucasus has had an uneven seismic recording and reporting history both temporally and spatially. Therefore, there has been a strong regional effort to bring together data from all the countries in the Caucasus, to digitize and standardize paper-based data from the Soviet era, and to re-examine magnitude and location calculations. The earthquake catalogue resulting from this effort forms the basis for a reliable seismic hazard assessment. Recognizing these needs, the U.S. Department of Energy through Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) initiated a project in 2015 to engage and train local scientists in the Caucasus to install new equipment, to enhance the quality ofmore » seismic monitoring and reporting, and to improve and harmonize the regional earthquake catalogue. In 2016, the project scope was expanded to include the modernization of seismic hazard assessments. To this end, a series of workshops were held in Georgia, the first one of which presented an overview of PSHA and its components to various participants from the universities and other research organizations in the region. This kick-off workshop was followed by numerous hands-on training workshops in 2017 and 2018, covering all aspects of PSHA. In addition to their training goals, the workshops brought together existing and new information relevant to PSHA studies in the region, providing a platform for local scientists/engineers and experts from other parts of the world to interact, cooperate and discuss various pieces of the PSHA input. This report outlines the aspects of the earthquake catalogue development and PSHA project that were specifically undertaken to form the basis for the building code update in Georgia. Georgia straddles the Greater Caucasus and Lesser Caucasus Fold and Thrust belts, where the convergent tectonic setting generates significant earthquake activity. To the east of the country, evidence indicates the possibility of a remnant subducting slab that causes earthquakes deeper than 40km. This study systematically compiles and improves all available data on local seismicity, active faults, and ground motion attenuation characteristics of the region; and builds a framework to enable a contemporary PSHA to be carried out with the engagement of local scientists. To this end, six regional workshops were organized in total over a three-year period of time, with participation from the United States, Canada and Hungary as well as countries in the Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. The workshops served multiple purposes such as training, data collection, interactions between local earth scientists and engineers, and brainstorming and knowledge exchange among local and international experts.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [6]
  1. Onur Seemann Consulting, Inc. Victoria, BC, (Canada)
  2. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  3. Illia State Univ. Tbilisi (Georgia). Inst. of Earth Sciences
  4. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)
  5. Hungarian Academy of Sciences(HAS), Budapest (Hungary). Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences
  6. Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), Baku (Azerbaijan). Republican Seismic Survey Center
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1511856
Report Number(s):
LLNL-TR-771451
963125
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
Geosciences

Citation Formats

Onur, Tuna, Gok, Rengin, Godoladze, Tea, Gunia, Irakli, Boichenko, Giorgi, Buzaladze, Albert, Tumanova, Nino, Dzmanashvili, Manana, Sukhishvili, Lasha, Javakishvili, Zurab, Cowgill, Eric, Bondar, Istvan, and Yetirmishli, Gurban. Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment for Georgia. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1511856.
Onur, Tuna, Gok, Rengin, Godoladze, Tea, Gunia, Irakli, Boichenko, Giorgi, Buzaladze, Albert, Tumanova, Nino, Dzmanashvili, Manana, Sukhishvili, Lasha, Javakishvili, Zurab, Cowgill, Eric, Bondar, Istvan, & Yetirmishli, Gurban. Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment for Georgia. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/1511856
Onur, Tuna, Gok, Rengin, Godoladze, Tea, Gunia, Irakli, Boichenko, Giorgi, Buzaladze, Albert, Tumanova, Nino, Dzmanashvili, Manana, Sukhishvili, Lasha, Javakishvili, Zurab, Cowgill, Eric, Bondar, Istvan, and Yetirmishli, Gurban. Mon . "Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment for Georgia". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/1511856. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1511856.
@article{osti_1511856,
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author = {Onur, Tuna and Gok, Rengin and Godoladze, Tea and Gunia, Irakli and Boichenko, Giorgi and Buzaladze, Albert and Tumanova, Nino and Dzmanashvili, Manana and Sukhishvili, Lasha and Javakishvili, Zurab and Cowgill, Eric and Bondar, Istvan and Yetirmishli, Gurban},
abstractNote = {Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessments (PSHA) form the basis for most contemporary seismic provisions in building codes around the world. The current building code of Georgia (2009) is not fully compatible with seismic hazard and design concepts of modern codes. The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia is currently undertaking an update to the building code to align it with EuroCode. In conjunction with EuroCode, a National Annex specific to Georgia is needed, including seismic hazard values for the territory of Georgia. A comprehensive earthquake catalogue is fundamental to a robust PSHA in the region. The Caucasus has had an uneven seismic recording and reporting history both temporally and spatially. Therefore, there has been a strong regional effort to bring together data from all the countries in the Caucasus, to digitize and standardize paper-based data from the Soviet era, and to re-examine magnitude and location calculations. The earthquake catalogue resulting from this effort forms the basis for a reliable seismic hazard assessment. Recognizing these needs, the U.S. Department of Energy through Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) initiated a project in 2015 to engage and train local scientists in the Caucasus to install new equipment, to enhance the quality of seismic monitoring and reporting, and to improve and harmonize the regional earthquake catalogue. In 2016, the project scope was expanded to include the modernization of seismic hazard assessments. To this end, a series of workshops were held in Georgia, the first one of which presented an overview of PSHA and its components to various participants from the universities and other research organizations in the region. This kick-off workshop was followed by numerous hands-on training workshops in 2017 and 2018, covering all aspects of PSHA. In addition to their training goals, the workshops brought together existing and new information relevant to PSHA studies in the region, providing a platform for local scientists/engineers and experts from other parts of the world to interact, cooperate and discuss various pieces of the PSHA input. This report outlines the aspects of the earthquake catalogue development and PSHA project that were specifically undertaken to form the basis for the building code update in Georgia. Georgia straddles the Greater Caucasus and Lesser Caucasus Fold and Thrust belts, where the convergent tectonic setting generates significant earthquake activity. To the east of the country, evidence indicates the possibility of a remnant subducting slab that causes earthquakes deeper than 40km. This study systematically compiles and improves all available data on local seismicity, active faults, and ground motion attenuation characteristics of the region; and builds a framework to enable a contemporary PSHA to be carried out with the engagement of local scientists. To this end, six regional workshops were organized in total over a three-year period of time, with participation from the United States, Canada and Hungary as well as countries in the Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. The workshops served multiple purposes such as training, data collection, interactions between local earth scientists and engineers, and brainstorming and knowledge exchange among local and international experts.},
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