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Introduction to the GEM Earthquake Consequences Database (GEMECD)

From the inception of the GEM Global Earthquake Consequences Database (GEMECD) the ambition was that the database will serve to inform users on consequences from past events, as a benchmarking tool for analytical loss models and to support the development of tools to create vulnerability data appropriate to specific countries, structures, or building classes.  

The aim of this report is to summarise the work carried out by 10 international partners to achieve this goal and includes a description of the database in terms of its contents and framework, the development of a set of guidelines for data collection and templates to populate the database and finally some examples of types of information included in GEMECD, notably the updated USGS Shakemaps.