Journal article

Development of magnitude-bound relations for paleoliquefaction analyses: New Zealand case study

BW Maurer, RA Green, MC Quigley, S Bastin

Engineering Geology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2015


Magnitude-bound relations are often used to estimate paleoearthquake magnitudes from paleoliquefaction data. This study proposes New Zealand-based magnitude-bound curves that are developed using (a) liquefaction field observations and (b) a newly proposed back-calculation approach that combines the simplified liquefaction evaluation procedure with a regionally appropriate ground motion prediction equation. For (b) both deterministic and probabilistic frameworks are proposed. The magnitude bound curves back-calculated using either the deterministic or probabilistic frameworks are advantageous in that they can be used to predict the spatial distribution of liquefaction in regions where histori..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)

Awarded by US Geological Survey (USGS)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study is based on work supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) grants CMMI-0962952, CMMI-1407428 and CMMI-1435494, and US Geological Survey (USGS) grants G12AP20002 and G14AP00046. However, any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF or USGS. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the input from Professor Adrian Rodriguez-Marek at Virginia Tech on computing probabilistic, back-calculated magnitude bound curves, and review comments by Drs. Stephen Obermeier and Tish Tuttle.