A comparative analysis of empirical and analytical tsunami fragility functions for buildings in Tumaco, Colombia

Juan Paez-Ramirez, Juan Lizarazo, Sergio Medina, Miguel Rivas, Patricia Luna, Erick Mas, Shunichi Koshimura

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    The Pacific coast of Colombia has witnessed several tsunami events in the last century. However, the physical damage to structures at the time was not recorded, even when these events have brought overwhelming destruction to coastal communities. This lack of data increases uncertainties when assessing future tsunami impacts. Nonetheless, other regions of the world, which have been also affected by tsunami, have collected damage information that has been used to build empirical tsunami fragility functions. Based on a demand parameter, such as the tsunami inundation depth, a fragility function expresses the probability of building damage. Hence, regions with no recent tsunami damage cannot develop empirical fragility functions since post-disaster damage survey data is not available. One alternative for these regions is to develop analytical fragility functions out of computational nonlinear structural analysis. Reinforced concrete buildings and palafitte houses are selected to perform a comparative analysis of collapse damage assessment expressed in empirical and analytical fragility functions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number012008
    JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 12
    Event12th ACEH International Workshop on Sustainable Tsunami Disaster Recovery: Sharing Experience, Knowledge and Culture 2019, AIWEST-DR 2019 - Tohoku, Japan
    Duration: 2019 Nov 72019 Nov 8

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science(all)
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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