Analysis of ground-motion amplification characteristics in Kobe City considering a deep irregular underground structure: interpretation of heavily damaged belt zone during the 1995 Hyogo-ken Nanbu earthquake

M. Motosaka, M. Nagano

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Abstract

To estimate the amplification characteristics of ground motion in the heavily damaged belt zone in Kobe City during the 1995 Hyogo-ken Nanbu earthquake, three-dimensional wave propagation analyses of a two-dimensional, deep irregular underground structure model with vertical discontinuity were performed using the hyperelement method for incident planar waves expected from the wavefields due to the source mechanism. The analytical results show that ground motion in the heavily damaged belt zone was amplified due to a focusing effect in the deep irregular underground structure as well as the shallow surface layers, and that the calculated maximum acceleration distributions coincide closely with the distribution of structural damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-590
Number of pages14
Journaljournal of physics of the earth
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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