Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment and site analyses of Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), Arusha, Tanzania

  • Richard W Ferdinand Department of Geosciences, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Keywords: Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, Arusha International Conference Centre, East African Rift System, Uniform hazard spectra, Site effect


This work presents the evaluation of earthquake resistance of the Arusha International Conference
Centre (AICC) complex, in Tanzania. The evaluation included probabilistic seismic hazard
analysis (PSHA) and site response analysis. Seismic sources considered to constitute a seismic
hazard in this study were randomly occurring seismicity located within five tectonic provinces
around the site. For each province the seismic hazard is based on a cursory analysis of earthquake
data from compiled ESARSWG bulletins and temporary deployed networks within the North
Tanzania Divergence (NTD). Bedrock response signal together with the information of material
characteristics from boreholes around the AICC site were used in analysis of site response. PSHA
results indicated uniform hazard spectra values of 0.15, 0.2 and 0.27 g for return periods of 475,
975 and 2475 years, respectively. The surface ground response results indicated a maximum
amplification factor of 3.7 and a spectral response of 4.5 g for a wave period of 0.6 sec that
matches the natural frequency of the 6-7 storey buildings of the AICC complex. It is this
resonance effect on the buildings that is assumed to have caused intense shaking in the earthquake
of December 5th 2005 from Lake Tanganyika.

Keywords: Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis; Arusha International Conference Centre; East
African Rift System; Uniform hazard spectra; Site effect.


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eISSN: 2507-7961
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