Earthquake Engineering University of Alicante

Welcome to the group website

The Engineering and Seismic Risk Group of the University of Alicante is formed of teaching and research staff from the departments of Physics, Systems Engineering and Signal Theory (Higher Polytechnic School); Environment and Earth Sciences (Faculty of Sciences); and Applied Physics (Faculty of Sciences). The research group is also part of the University Institute of Physics Applied to Sciences and Technology and the Multicisciplinary Institute for Environmental Studies.

Our commitment is the study of seismology and seismic risk, especially in the province of Alicante.

You can contact with the head of the group from here.



Researchers from the University of Alicante (UA) have prepared the first map of the probability of collapse in reinforced concrete buildings for the peninsula in a study in which they have determined that this probability depends on the design acceleration indicated in the earthquake resistant regulations and the seismic hazard curve.

The map and the results of the work have just been published in the article Risk-targeted hazard maps for Spain, published in the scientific journal 'Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering'.


The researchers Juan José Galiana-Merino, Julio Rosa-Heranz, Juan Luis Soler Llorens and Boualem Youcef Nassim Benabdeloued stayed from January 14 to 16 to Algiers in order to teach several seminars on seismic microzonation and seismic risk at the “Center de Recherche en Astronomie Astrophysique et Géophysique (CRAAG)”. Likewise, instrumentation developed by the research group itself has been assigned for use in Algeria.


Next Monday, December 16th, 2019, at 10:30 am, will be the defense of the doctoral thesis of Juan Luis Soler Llorens, entitled "Design, implementation and validation of systems based seismic-data acquisition Arduino" directed by José Juan Giner Caturla and Juan José Galiana Merino, belonging to the PhD program in Physics applied to Science and Technology. The act of defense will be in the Boardroom of the Faculty of Sciences (


Researchers from the University of Alicante participate, along with 21 other entities, in a European project to develop low-cost sensors that will detect parameters such as the intensity of an earthquake and the damage it has caused, which will allow a more efficient emergency management, by offering information in real time and in the format needed by public emergency services.