Seismic risk analyses for large dams in West Coast basin, southern part of Ghana

Stephen Irinyemi, Domenico Lombardi, Ahmad Syed M

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Dams are parts of the critical infrastructure of any nation. The failure of which would have a high-risk potential on the people and properties within the dam vicinity. Ghana is one of the most seismically active regions in West Africa and has at least 5 large dams across the region, constructed in strategic locations. The area is characterised by low-to-moderate seismicity, yet historical events suggest that major earthquakes with potentially damaging have occurred in the study basin. This paper summarise the method used to analyse seismic risk, discuss the seismic hazards of three large dams across the study basin based on the seismicity at the dam sites and their risk due to structural properties and the location of each dam. The peak ground acceleration (PGA) values for the dam sites estimated are within the range of (0.31 g and 0.52 g) for 10,000 years return period. The study shows one large dam has a high-risk class in the basin. This dam should be inspected and analysed for its seismic safety and people's protection in the downstream paths.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Seismology
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2021


  • Seismic risk analysis
  • Peak ground acceleration
  • Earthquake
  • Dam
  • Ghana


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