Soil amplification maps for estimating earthquake ground motions in the Central US

Robert A. Bauer, John Kiefer, Norm Hester

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The State Geologists of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) are developing maps to assist State and local emergency managers and community officials in evaluating the earthquake hazards for the CUSEC region. The state geological surveys have worked together to produce a series of maps that show seismic shaking potential for eleven 1 X 2 degree (scale 1:250 000 or 1 in. ≈ 3.9 miles) quadrangles that cover the high-risk area of the New Madrid Seismic Zone in eight states. Shear wave velocity values for the surficial materials were gathered and used to classify the soils according to their potential to amplify earthquake ground motions. Geologic base maps of surficial materials or 3-D material maps, either existing or produced for this project, were used in conjunction with shear wave velocities to classify the soils for the upper 15-30 m. These maps are available in an electronic form suitable for inclusion in the federal emergency management agency's earthquake loss estimation program (HAZUS).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-17
Number of pages11
JournalEngineering Geology
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Oct 2001


  • Central US
  • Earthquake
  • Mapping
  • Soil amplification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology


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