Availability of seismic vulnerability index (K-g) in the assessment of building damage in Van, Eastern Turkey

Akkaya İ.

EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING VIBRATION, vol.19, no.1, pp.189-204, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11803-020-0556-z
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Communication Abstracts, Compendex, ICONDA Bibliographic, INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.189-204
  • Keywords: seismic vulnerability index, building damage, HVSR, soil-structure interaction, SPECTRAL RATIO, ANATOLIAN PLATEAU, RISK-ASSESSMENT, BEDROCK DEPTH, GROUND-MOTION, MICROTREMOR, HVSR, BASIN, EARTHQUAKE, REGION
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


The seismic vulnerability index (K-g) is a parameter that depends on the dynamic properties of soil. With this parameter, it is possible to evaluate the vulnerability of a point-based site under strong ground motion. Since it is related to the natural vibration period and amplification factor, the parameter can be calculated for both soil and structure. In this study, HVSR microtremor measurements are recorded at more than 200 points in the Van region to generate a seismic vulnerability index map. After generating the map, it is determined that the hazard potential and seismic vulnerability index is high at the sites close to Van Lake and at the densely populated city center. Damage information of the buildings investigated after the 2011 Van earthquakes (M-w = 7.1) are placed on the seismic vulnerability index map and it is realized that there may be a correlation between the damage and the seismic vulnerability index. There is a high correlation, approximately 80 percent, between the damage rate map based on the damaged building data and the K-g values. In addition, vulnerability indexes of buildings are calculated and the eff ect of local soil conditions and building properties on the damage levels are determined. From the results of this study and the site observations after the 2011 Van earthquakes, it is found that structural damage is not only structure-dependent but is also related to the dynamic behavior of soil layers and local soil conditions.