History of earthquake studies in Russia

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R. Tatevossian


To evaluate the completeness of modern knowledge on historical seismicity it is necessary to know the general geopolitical and socio-cultural background in the country. It determines the possibility to record the evidence of an earthquake and conserve the record in original form for a long time-period. The potential duration of historical earthquake study in Russia is assessed based on these considerations. Certain stages of earthquake study in
Russia have been detected. Specific problems of seismicity studies of low active areas are discussed as an example
of Russian platform. The value of each (even moderate magnitude) event becomes crucial for seismic hazard assessment in such territories. A correct identification of event nature (tectonic earthquake or exogenous phenomena - landslides, karsts, etc.) is practically impossible without using primary sources with detailed descriptions. Occurrence of modern earthquakes can be used to assess the accuracy of historical seismicity knowledge.

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Tatevossian, R. (2004) “History of earthquake studies in Russia”, Annals of Geophysics, 47(2-3). doi: 10.4401/ag-3336.