Soil and Sediments Microzonation for Evaluation of Site Effects on Earthquake Damages in Mobarakeh, Esfahan, Iran


As an important step in effectively reducing seismic risk and the vulnerability of the city of Mobarakeh to earthquakes, a site effect microzonation Study was conducted. Seismic hazard analysis for a return period of 475 years was carried out. Data from 10 borings was collected and analyzed, geophysical surveys were conducted and seismology and geoelectric measurements taken in more than 17 stations through out the city. The study area was divided into a grid of 500×500 m2 elements and the sub-surface ground conditions were classified into 5 representative geotechnical profiles. Electric resistivity was measured in close to 17 geotechnical boreholes and surface and sub-surface sediments were collected and analyzed. Site response analyses were carried out on each representative profile using 30 different base rock input motions. Distribution maps of site periods and peak ground acceleration and old and new texture buildings through out the city were developed, providing a useful basis for land-use planning in the city.

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Rezaei, K. , Mumsaz, N. , Hejazi, H. , Sarraf, R. and Norouzi, S. (2012) Soil and Sediments Microzonation for Evaluation of Site Effects on Earthquake Damages in Mobarakeh, Esfahan, Iran. Open Journal of Geology, 2, 213-228. doi: 10.4236/ojg.2012.24022.

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