On May 2nd to 3rd 2016 the 4th International Colloquium on Historical Earthquakes and Macroseismology took place in Vienna at the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik. Topics of the Colloquium were among others historical sources and methods concerning Historical Earthquake Research, case studies, national and international earthquake catalogues and/or databases.

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Historical earthquake research concentrates on seismic events of the pre-instrumental period.

The meeting at ZAMG was also a platform for exchanging information focused on Historical Seismology but also on Archeo and Paleo Seismology, to share the rich experience and expertise of the participants and for discussion.

More than 60 experts – Historians, Seismologists, Geologists, one Philosopher and others from 11 European countries and Turkey presented exciting interdisciplinary subjects, like “The Great 1667 Dalmatia Earthquake”: a case of inquiring into historical sources to answer seismological questions; The 1790 earthquake (M ~7) of Oran (western Algeria): Prospect for the seismic source and related tsunami generation; Large earthquakes in historical and prehistorically times in Switzerland: An overview of earthquake induced effects; Building up a prototype of a macroseismic database for Turkey; The 2015 version of the Italian Parametric Earthquake Catalogue (CPTI) and the Italian Macroseismic Database (DBMI); Visa et audita – The Holy Roman Emperor as a Witness. Henry V and the Earthquake of 3 January 1117 near Verona – From Communication History to Historical Seismology; A Conceptual Framework for Spatial and Temporal Visualisations of Historical and Recent Earthquake Data; 陰迫而不能烝,於是有地震- Perceiving, interpreting and coping with earthquakes in early China; or Archaeological evidence for seismic destruction at Saranda Kolones, Paphos, Cyprus - results of the 2015 fieldwork.

The meeting was owing to the international participants a great success. The investigations of historical earthquakes are not only of historical interest, but serve the completeness and correctness of earthquake catalogues, which are the basis for seismic hazard analysis.

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