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The technical rules presented in Eurocode Earthquake refer to structures whose stability is important for public safety in seismic regions. The criteria for design and verification given in this code are mainly intended for minimizing risk to human life. It can be assumed that a design complying with these rules will achieve this aim with an acceptable probability. The rules presented include: 1. Criteria for subdividing the region concerned into seismic zones: the definition of the seismic effects; the definition of the seismic effects; a criterion for the combination of the seismic action with other actions; general rules for the design calculation of structures. 2. Criteria and special design rules for buildings, as well as a checklist of specifications for the accomplishment of the requirements. 3. Specific rules for certain types of structures and foundations. The rules refer to normal civil and industrial construction; they may also be applied to other conventional types of structures. They do not refer to structures which are exceptional due to their design or their size, or to structures whose damage may cause additional risks for the population of the environment in the event of an earthquake. For certain structures the competent authorities may decide that a structural safety analysis need not be made. For the application of these rules, reference should be made to the other relevant EUROCODES.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 8850 DE, EN, FR, IT (1984) MF, 98 P., BFR 120, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 490, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989123015700 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Available languages: de,en,fr,it