A comparative study of European earthquake loss estimation tools for a scenario in Istanbul

F. O. Strasser, J. J. Bommer, Karin Sesetyan, M. Erdik, Zehra Cagnan, J. Irizarry, X. Goula, A. Lucantoni, F. Sabetta, Helen Crowley, I. E. Bal, C. Lindholm

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A damage estimation exercise has been carried out using the building stock inventory and population database of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and selected European earthquake loss estimation packages: KOERILOSS, SELENA, ESCENARIS, SIGE, and DBELA. The input ground-motions, common to all models, correspond to a “credible worst case scenario” involving the rupture of the four segments of the Main Marmara Fault closest to Istanbul in a Mw 7.5 earthquake. The aim of the exercise is to assess the applicability of the selected software packages to earthquake loss estimation in the context of rapid post-earthquake response in European urban centers. The results in terms of predicted building damage and social losses are critically compared amongst each other, as well as with the results of previous scenario-based earthquake loss assessments carried out for the study area. The key methodological aspects and data needs for European rapid post-earthquake loss estimation are thus identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-256
JournalJournal of Earthquake Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2008


  • damage assessment
  • earthquakes
  • seismic risks
  • istanbul, turkey


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