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What is earthquake hazard and risk?

What is earthquake hazard and risk?

The terms “earthquake hazard” and “earthquake risk” (also referred to as “seismic hazard” and “seismic risk”) have distinct meanings, even though they are often used as synonyms.

Whereas earthquake hazard describes what level of ground shaking at the earth’s surface is expected due to future earthquakes, earthquake risk comprises information about the potential damage of such strong ground shaking. Therefore, information about earthquake hazard is a prerequisite to defining earthquake risk.

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The 2020 European Seismic Hazard and Risk Models

The 2020 European Seismic Hazard and Risk Models

Elaborated and documented by research teams across Europe, the 2020 European Seismic Hazard and Risk Models offer a valuable reference upon which to base mitigation decisions. They significantly improve the understanding of where strong shaking is most likely to occur and what effects future earthquakes in Europe will have. Thus, Europe’s earthquake hazard and risk models are fully harmonised to account for variations in the compilation of the different input data. Both models reflect the latest state-of-the-art in earthquake hazard and risk assessment and are openly available to everyone interested.