Multi-hazard Loss Estimation Methodology: Earthquake Model, Hazus-MH 2.1: User Manual [open pdf - 12MB]
"This brief overview of the earthquake loss estimation methodology is intended for local, regional, or state officials contemplating an earthquake loss study. The methodology has been developed for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to provide a tool for developing earthquake loss estimates for use in: 1) Anticipating the possible nature and scope of the emergency response needed to cope with an earthquake-related disaster, 2) Developing plans for recovery and reconstruction following a disaster, and 3) Mitigating the possible consequences of earthquakes. If developed for areas of seismic risk across the nation, estimates also will help guide the allocation of federal resources to stimulate risk mitigation efforts and to plan for federal earthquake response. Use of the methodology will generate an estimate of the consequences to a city or region of a 'scenario earthquake', i.e., an earthquake with a specified magnitude and location. The resulting 'loss estimate' generally will describe the scale and extent of damage and disruption that may result from a potential earthquake."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/