Geotechnical analysis of paleoseismic shaking using liquefaction features: A major updating

Scott M. Olson, Russell A. Green, Stephen F. Obermeier

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A new methodology is proposed for the geotechnical analysis of strength of paleoseismic shaking using liquefaction effects. The proposed method provides recommendations for selection of both individual and regionally located test sites, provides techniques for validation of field data for use in back-analysis, and presents a recently developed energy-based solution to back-calculate paleoearthquake magnitude and strength of shaking. The proposed method allows investigators to qualitatively assess the influence of post-earthquake density change and aging. The proposed method also describes how the back-calculations from individual sites should be integrated into a regional assessment of paleoseismic parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-261
Number of pages27
JournalEngineering Geology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • Earthquake magnitude
  • Geotechnical analysis
  • Liquefaction
  • Magnitude bound
  • Paleoliquefaction
  • Paleoseismic shaking
  • Paleoseismicity
  • Soil aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology


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