Global Seismic Hazard Map

The Global Seismic Hazard Map depicts the geographic distribution of the Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA) with a 10% probability of being exceeded in 50 years, computed for reference rock conditions (shear wave velocity, VS30, of 760-800 m/s). The map above was created by collating maps computed using national and regional probabilistic seismic hazard models developed by various institutions and projects, and by Global Earthquake Model Foundation scientists. The OpenQuake engine, an open-source seismic hazard, and risk calculation software developed principally by the Global Earthquake Model Foundation were used to calculate the hazard values. A smoothing methodology was applied to homogenize hazard values along the model borders. The map is based on a database of hazard models described using the OpenQuake engine data format (NRML); those models originally implemented in other software formats were converted into NRML. While translating these models, various checks were performed to test the compatibility between the original results and the new results computed using the OpenQuake engine. Overall the differences between the original and translated model results are small, notwithstanding some diversity in modeling methodologies implemented in different hazard modeling software. The hashed areas in the map (e.g. Greenland) are currently not covered by a hazard model. The map and the underlying database of models are a dynamic framework, capable to incorporate newly released open models. Due to possible model limitations, regions portrayed with low hazard may still experience potentially damaging earthquakes. 

The  Global Seismic Hazard Map is a product of the Global Earthquake Model Foundation. 


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