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Seismic load is one of the basic concepts of earthquake engineering which means application of an earthquake-generated agitation to a building structure or its model. It happens at contact surfaces of a structure either with the ground, or with adjacent structures, or with gravity waves from tsunami.

Haitian national palace earthquake
Presidential Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, heavily damaged at 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Seismic loading depends, primarily, on:

Sometimes, seismic load exceeds ability of a structure to resist it without being broken, partially or completely. Due to their mutual interaction, seismic loading and seismic performance of a structure are intimately related.


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