PEER NGA-East database

Christine A. Goulet, Tadahiro Kishida, Timothy D. Ancheta, Chris H. Cramer, Robert B. Darragh, Walter J. Silva, Youssef M.A. Hashash, Joseph Harmon, Grace A. Parker, Jonathan P. Stewart, Robert R. Youngs

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This article documents the earthquake ground motion database developed for the NGA-East Project, initiated as part of the Next Generation Attenuation (NGA) research program and led by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER). The project was focused on developing a ground motion characterization model (GMC) model for horizontal ground motions for the large region referred to as Central and Eastern North America (CENA). The CENA region covers most of the U.S. and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean and is characterized tectonically as a stable continental region (SCR). The ground-motion database includes the two- and three-component ground-motion recordings from numerous selected events relevant to CENA (M > 2.5, with distances up to 3500 km) that have been recorded since 1976. The final database contains over 27,000 time series from 82 earthquakes and 1271 recording stations. The ground motion database includes uniformly processed time series, 5% damped pseudo-spectral acceleration (PSA) median-component ordinates for 429 periods ranging from 0.01 to 10 s, duration and Arias intensity in 5% increments, and Fourier amplitude spectra for different time windows. Ground motions and metadata for source, path, and site conditions were subjected to quality checks by topical working groups and the ground-motion model (GMM) developers. The NGA-East database constitutes the largest database of processed recorded ground motions in SRCs and is publicly available from the PEER ground-motion database website.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1331-1353
Number of pages23
JournalEarthquake Spectra
Issue number1_suppl
StatePublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • CENA
  • Database
  • NGA
  • NGA-East
  • SCR
  • earthquake
  • ground motion
  • stable continental region

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics


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