Seismic risk assessment of the 3rd Azerbaijan gas pipeline in Iran

Mehdi Mousavi, Mostafa Hesari, Alireza Azarbakht

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A comprehensive seismic risk assessment has been performed for the existing route of the 3rd Azerbaijan natural gas buried pipeline in Iran. The major active seismic sources along the pipeline were identified and the geometrical parameters as well as the seismicity rates were determined. The seismic hazard assessment of the ground vibrations along the pipeline was performed in the framework of the Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis using the CRISIS 2007 software. All of the components of the gas pipeline along the route were identified and the corresponding fragility functions are established through the methodology described in the HAZUS guideline (HAZUS MH MR4 Technical manual 2007 Department of homeland security emergency. Preparedness and Response Directorate, FEMA). A detailed cost analyses was taken into consideration based on the expert opinions in the National Iranian Gas Company, in order to provide more practical loss model for the pipeline route. Also, a simple method is suggested in order to account for the vent gas in the total loss estimation. The spatial analysis of the hazard function layer in combination with the loss model layer, in Geographical Information System (GIS) platform, reveal the financial consequences of different earthquake scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1327-1348
Number of pages22
JournalNatural Hazards
Issue number3
Early online date13 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • crisis 2007
  • GIS
  • insurance, fragility
  • seismic hazard


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