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Title: Development of an open-source platform for calculating losses from earthquakes
Author: Silva, V.
Crowley, H.
Pinho, R.
Varum, H.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: ECCOMAS, European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences
Abstract: Risk analysis has a critical role in the reduction of casualties and damages due to earthquakes. Recognition of this relation has led to a rapid rise in demand for accurate, reliable and flexible risk assessment numerical tools and software. As a response to this need, the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) started the development of an open source platform called OpenQuake, for calculating seismic hazard and risk at different scales. Along with this framework, also several other tools to support users creating their own models and visualizing their results are currently being developed, and will be made available as a Modelers Tool Kit (MTK). In this paper, a description of the architecture of OpenQuake is provided, highlighting the current data model, workflow of the calculators and the main challenges raised when running this type of calculations in a global scale. In addition, a case study is presented using the Marmara Region (Turkey) for the calculations, in which the losses for a single event are estimated, as well as probabilistic risk for a 50 years time span.
Peer review: yes
ISBN: 978-972-99784-2-5
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