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Wind and Earthquake Maps

Wind and Earthquake Maps

Wind and Earthquake Maps

ASCE Standard "Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures" have maps for the United States that show Basic Wind Speeds and Earthquake Zones. I am looking for similar maps on a world wide basis.

RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps

Visited your suggested website, wonderful for the US. Unfortunately, there are no maps/data outside the US/Canada.

Thanks for site for us American engineers,


RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps

Specifically, which area of the world are you interested in?

RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps

hasanh, specifically, we have done work in the following areas:

Gulf of Mexico
Eastern side of: Mexico, Central America, and South America
North Sea
Coast of: Congo, Angola, Gabon, and Nigeria
Middle East, and Persian Gulf
Bay of Bengal, South China Sea, and Yellow Sea

Sometimes we have very specific design criteria. At other times specific criteria is not available.

RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps

A report prepared by the Building Research Establishment(BRE) United Kingdom outlining the seismic zones in the Middle East and Persian gulf. They may have the same for other ares of the world.

RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps


for Australia, you'll find the information in Australian Standards AS 1170.2 - Wind loads and AS 1170.4 - Earthquake loads.

RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps

HI is there any available for the north sea?

RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps

Find the latest edition of Naval Facilities Engineering Command publication NAVFAC DM-2, Design Manual--Structural Engineering. The copy I have, dated 1970, has a listing of many different places in the world with their wind, snow, frost and earthquake design requirements. Good luck!

RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps

Try as I might I couldn't find a way to get NAVFAC DM-2 either ordering a copy or finding online. I, however, did find a site in which everyone might be interested. The US Army Corps of Engineers has a bunch of their technical manuals online at:


TM5-809-10, "Seismic Design for Buildings" (available online) has coefficents for places around the world.


RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps

Uniform Building Code 1997 Volume 2
Appendix Chaper 16, page 2-401
Division III - Seismic Zone Tabulation Section 1653 - For areas outside of the US

List Countries & Seismic Zone (0,1,2A,2B,3,4)

RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps

For wind information see:

Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division
Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers

February, 1973, pp 1-17
Distributions of Extreme Winds Over Oceans
by Herbert C. S. Thom

February, 1974, p 56
Errata to original article

RE: Wind and Earthquake Maps

Imagineer (March 2nd) was unable to purchase a copy of DM-2.

I haven't checked it for several years but the Government Bookstore in Philadelphia stocks and sells literally thousands of GPO documents, including the Navy DM's.  There must be similar Government Bookstores in all major US cities.

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