Climent, Alvaro and Benito Oterino, Belen and Lindholm, Conrad and Hernández, Douglas and Guzmán, Carlos and Gaspar Escribano, Jorge M.
Calibration of Strong-Motion Models for Central America Region.
In: "14th World Conference Earthquake Engineering", 12/10/2008-17/10/2008, Pekín (China).
We present the results of a study aimed at choosing the more suitable strong-motion models for seismic hazard analysis in the Central America (CA) Region. After a careful revision of the state of the art, different models developed for subduction and volcanic crustal zones, in tectonic environment similar to those of CA, were selected. These models were calibrated with accelerograms recorded in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador. The peak ground acceleration PGA and Spectral Acceleration SA (T) derived from the records were compared with the ones predicted by the models in similar conditions of magnitude, distance and soil. The type of magnitude (Ms, Mb, Mw), distance (Rhyp, Rrup, etc) and ground motion parameter (maximum horizontal component, medium, etc ) was taken into account in the comparison with the real data. As results of the analysis, the models which present a best fit with the local data were identified. These models have been applied for carrying out seismic hazard analysis in the region, in the frame of the RESIS II project financed for the Norway Cooperation Agency (NORAD).