Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M. Eng.


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Committee Chair

Rockaway, Thomas


Earthquake hazard analysis--Ohio River Valley


The following thesis examines the relationship between site geology and ground motion amplification for medium sized earthquake events in the Ohio Valley area. This thesis also includes a Rapid Screening Guide that can be used to estimate earthquake effects for sites located along the Ohio River. Thirteen typical soil columns at locations along the river were subjected to six earthquake events using the response modeling program Shake91 (University of California, 1991). The response modeling was used to determine initial amplification factors and to examine the relationship between site geology and ground motion effects for each of the different soil columns. The response modeling was also used to create the Rapid Screening Guide. The guide outlines the method for creating design spectra for known or future structures, and then how to compare velocity spectra to design spectra to determine the probability of damage in an examined structure.