Deterministic and Scenario Ground-Motion Maps

Scenario Shakemaps

Earthquake Scenarios describe the expected ground motions and effects of specific hypothetical large earthquakes. In planning and coordinating emergency response, utilities, emergency responders, and other agencies are best served by conducting training exercises based on realistic earthquake situations, ones that they are most likely to face. Scenario earthquakes can fill this role; they can be generated for any potential hypothetical future or past historic earthquake.

Our Shakemap background page has more information about the process used to create the scenario maps, or you can view scenario Shakemaps on the Shakemap archives page. The scenario Shakemaps on the archive page are organized by region and you can click the name of the region at the top of the page to filter your results.

Other Scenarios

Central & Eastern US Scenarios for 2011 National Level Exercise

Animation of ground motions recorded by the San Jose Dense Seismic Array from the M5.6 earthquake near Scotty's Junction, NV

Computer Simulation of a Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake on the Seattle Fault

Simulation of the 2001 M6.8 Nisqually, Washington Earthquake

Simulation of Seismic Energy Focussing in West Seattle

Animation of Ground Motions Produced by the Implosion of the Kingdome

More Information

Additional deterministic and scenario ground-motion maps will be posted on this page in the near future as they are developed.

Example Scenario Shakemap