Seismic hazard analysis methods in mines are reviewed for the purpose of se
lecting the best technique. To achieve this goal, the most often-used hazar
d analysis procedure, which is based on the classical frequency-magnitude G
utenberg-Richter relation, as well as alternative procedures are investigat
Since the maximum regional seismic event magnitude m(max) is of paramount i
mportance in seismic hazard analysis, this work provides a generic formula
for the evaluation of this important parameter, The formula is capable of g
enerating solutions in different forms, depending on the assumptions of the
model of the magnitude distribution and/or the available information regar
ding past seismicity. It includes the cases (i) in which seismic event magn
itudes are distributed according to the truncated frequency-magnitude Guten
berg-Richter relation, and (ii) in which no specific model of the magnitude
distribution is assumed.
Both synthetic, Monte-Carlo simulated seismic event catalogues, and actual
data from the copper mine in Poland and gold mine in South Africa, are used
to demonstrate the discussed hazard analysis techniques.
Our studies show that the non-parametric technique, which is independent of
the assumed model of the distribution of magnitude, provides an appropriat
e tool for seismic hazard assessment in mines where the magnitude distribut
ion can be very complex.