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Earthquake hazard

Earthquake hazard describes the occurrence probability of events with a certain strength and is often portrayed in the form of a map. The majority of hazard maps show the maximum intensity to be expected in the areas concerned within a period of 475 years, which corresponds to a probability of 10% in 50 years, the average "life expectancy" of modern buildings. This is also true of Munich Re's World Map of Natural Hazards, although the hazard is divided here into five earthquake zones based on different levels of intensity.

Maps are also available for shorter or longer periods, using parameters other than intensity such as PGA or PGV.

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