Seismic Instruments

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 437–460 | Cite as

Acceleration Time Histories for a Scenario Earthquake in Moscow at Sites with Different Soil Conditions

  • O. V. PavlenkoEmail author


According to general seismic zoning maps, Moscow is in an area with a seismic intensity of 5, in which the maximum seismic effect is expected from remote deep-focal earthquakes in the Vrancea zone (Eastern Carpathians, Romania). In our previous studies, an earthquake with a hypocenter at a depth of 80–150 km in the Vrancea zone, a moment magnitude of Mw = 8.0, and a drop in stress of Δσ = 325 bar was used as a scenario earthquake for Moscow. A series of model acceleration time histories for ground vibrations was calculated for this earthquake for the reference local conditions of the Moskva seismic station (Moscow, Pyzhevskii per. 3). In this paper, these acceleration time histories are used to calculate the acceleration time histories and estimate the ground vibration parameters for an scenario earthquake at other sites on the territory of Moscow for which information on soil conditions is available. Since the epicentral distance is large (~1300 km), it can be assumed that changes in the shape and spectral content of the acceleration time histories at different sites in Moscow are only caused by different local conditions.


acceleration time histories scenario earthquake Vrancea zone Moscow soil conditions 


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  1. 1.Institute of Physics of the EarthRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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