Investigation of Ambient Seismic Noise in Different Region of Georgia

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Tamar A. Shubladze
Nino S. Tsereteli


Georgia, like the whole South Caucasus, is a tectonically and structurally complex region. It is one of the active segments of the Alpine-Himalayan belt, therefore it is important to assess the seismic hazard for Georgia. At the regional scale, this assessment is evaluated by applying probabilistic seismic hazard analysis that identifies the annual probability of exceedance of various ground motion levels defined in terms of selected ground motion intensity measures, such as PGA or spectral accelerations (SA) corresponding to various return periods related to possible future earthquake scenarios for a site represented by soil classes A according to EC8, Euro-code 8-EN 1998-1 (1998). At the local scale, seismic hazard assessment is made by analyzing the geological, geomorphological, geotechnical and geophysical characteristics of the site, as it is well established that the incoming seismic motion can change in amplitude, frequency, and duration due the site-specific local characteristics. That is the subject of micro-zonation investigation. Site – specific local characteristics are presented by the following parameters: Dominant frequency, Vs,30 (average shear-wave velocity to a depth of 30 meters) and amplification factor. In this work, we presented results of geophysical survey assessing local site conditions by dominant frequency that allows identification of similar seismic response areas. For this purpose, seismic noise records have been used first time in Georgia.

Ambient Vibration, Single Station, Ground Motion, Amplification, H/V Method.
Published: Dec 28, 2023

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Shubladze, T. A., & Tsereteli, N. S. (2023). Investigation of Ambient Seismic Noise in Different Region of Georgia. Journals of Georgian Geophysical Society, 26(2).


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