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Urban seismic risk assessment and damage estimation: Case of Rif Buildings (North of Morocco)

Cherif, Seif Eddine; Chaaraoui, Aboubakr; Chourak, Mimoun; Oualid Mghazli, Mohamed; El Omari, Abdelhay; Ferreira, Tiago Miguel


Seif Eddine Cherif

Aboubakr Chaaraoui

Mimoun Chourak

Mohamed Oualid Mghazli

Abdelhay El Omari

Tiago Miguel Ferreira


The interest in assessing seismic risk in earthquake-prone regions in Morocco has been increasing over recent decades, to a large extent due to the substantial amount of damage imposed by recent events and because the population in these regions has grown significantly. In this context, the present study is aimed to contribute to the understanding of seismic risk in the urban areas of the Rif region, one of the most seismically active zones of Morocco, through the development and analysis of 36 building models representative of this area. Two earthquake scenarios were considered for the assessment of the seismic hazard, based on the national seismic code and the European code adapted to local seismic parameters. The performance points, determined following generated response and capacity spectra, made it possible to establish damage probability matrices. Obtained results corroborate those of previous reports, confirming that the damage is more significant in Imzouren due to the nature of the soil. It has also been shown that the credibility of the response spectra drawn from the national code is questioned, given the extreme damage estimated. The adapted European spectrum proved to be a more reliable probabilistic earthquake scenario for damage estimation.


Cherif, S. E., Chaaraoui, A., Chourak, M., Oualid Mghazli, M., El Omari, A., & Ferreira, T. M. (2022). Urban seismic risk assessment and damage estimation: Case of Rif Buildings (North of Morocco). Buildings, 12(6), 742.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 28, 2022
Online Publication Date May 30, 2022
Publication Date May 30, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 25, 2022
Journal Buildings
Electronic ISSN 2075-5309
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 6
Pages 742
Keywords Building and Construction; Civil and Structural Engineering; Architecture
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