Alix Becerra, 1; Esteban Sáez, 1,2; Luis Podestá, 1,2; and Felipe Leyton, 3.
1 Department of Geotechnical and Structural Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile. 7820436. firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Center for Integrated Natural Disaster Management CONICYT/FONDAP/15110017, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago, Chile. 7820436.
3 National Seismological Center
In this study, we present comparisons between the local soil conditions and the observed damage for the April 1 2014 Iquique earthquake. Four cases in which site effects may have played a predominant role are analyzed; (1) the ZOFRI area, with damage in numerous structures, (2) the port of Iquique, in which one pier suffered large displacements, (3) the Dunas I building complex, where soil-structure interaction may have caused important structural damage, and (4) the city of Alto Hospicio, disturbed by the effects of saline soils. Geophysical characterization of the soils were in agreement with the observed damage in the first three cases, while in Alto Hospicio the earthquake damage cannot be directly related to geophysical characterization.