Analysis of amplification characteristics of ground motions in the heavily damaged belt zone during the 1995 Hyogo-ken Nanbu earthquake

Masato Motosaka, Masayuki Nagano

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Abstract

To estimate the amplification characteristics of ground motions in the heavily damaged belt zone in Kobe City during the 1995 Hyogo-ken Nanbu earthquake, 3D wave propagation analyses of a 2D deep irregular underground structure model with a vertical discontinuity were performed at an early stage as a preliminary and qualitative study. The hyperelement method was applied to the analyses for incident plane waves expected from the wavefields due to the source mechanism. The observation records at Kobe University of the rock site were used as control motions. The ground motions on the engineering bedrock (assumed to be on the free surface of the Osaka group layers having a shear velocity of 500 m/s) and at ground surface were calculated. The effects of the deep irregular underground structure and shallow surface layers on the ground motion amplification are discussed. Although there are qualifications due to the uncertain characteristics of the input rock motion and shear wave velocities of the underground structure, the analytical results show that the ground motion in the heavily damaged belt zone were amplified due to the focusing effect of the deep irregular underground structure as well as the shallow surface layers, and that the calculated peak ground acceleration (PGA) distribution coincided closely with the distributions of structural damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-393
Number of pages17
JournalEarthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Damaged belt zone
  • Deep irregular underground structure
  • Focusing effect
  • Hyogo-ken Nanbu Earthquake
  • Hyperelement method
  • Wave propagation analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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