Seismic Risk Analysis of Boston

by C. Allin Cornell, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Mass.,
Hans A. Merz, Engr.; Basler and Hofmann, Zurich, Switzerland; formerly, Grad. Student, Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Mass.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 10, Pg. 2027-2043

Document Type: Journal Paper


The application of analytical seismic risk analysis to the city of Boston is presented. Emphasis is on selection of parameter values and sensitivity of results to variation in parameter values. The results are presented in terms of a plot of the annual probability of equaling or exceeding site intensity x versus x. Motion intensity is described in several alternate forms: Modified Mercalli Intensity, peak ground acceleration, response spectra, etc.

Subject Headings: Seismic effects | Seismic tests | Risk management | Parameters (statistics) | Ground motion | Urban areas | Probability | Response spectra | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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