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Stefano Parolai
Jochen Zschau
Ulugbek Begaliev


Central Asia is one of the regions of the world with the highest seismic hazard. A number of large events have occurred in this region between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, when urbanization was still limited. However, the recent increase in population and, in particular, the expansion of urban areas after the collapse of the Soviet Union has greatly increased the seismic risk of Central Asian countries. Within the framework of the Earthquake Model Central Asia (EMCA), the regional partnership of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) for Central Asia, new Probabilistic Seismic Hazard models have been recently derived, along with site effects studies in several cities, and new models for exposure and vulnerability generated based on newly acquired data sets. This volume consist of 12 papers providing both an overview of the activities undertaken and a general description of the main results of the first phase of the EMCA initiative and of other projects that directly benefited from their cooperation with EMCA.

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Parolai, S., Zschau, J. and Begaliev, U. (2015) “Preface”, Annals of Geophysics, 58(1). doi: 10.4401/ag-6784.

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