UK Macroseismology Home Page

Macroseismology is the name given to the study of the observable effects of earthquakes on people, buildings, and Nature (usually referred to as the "felt effects" of an earthquake). This is in distinction to microseismology, which is the study of the instrumental recordings of earthquakes, ie seismograms. This page fulfills three function:

  1. It gives some basic information on macroseismology
  2. It gives details of the work done by BGS in this field
  3. It provides space for material relating to the ESC Working Group on Macroseismology

Macroseismic methods

The usefulness of macroseismic studies

A history of intensity and intensity scales

The European Macroseismic Scale

Recent British earthquakes

How you can help

The ESC Macroseismology Working Group

Example earthquake information from National Seismological Archive (NSA) holdings (contains isoseismal "felt effect" maps)

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