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not like any more opinions are needed here, but here's mine anyway.
take it for what it's worth.

I have heard the term used repeatedly and it seems to mean two 
different things to engineers and seismologists/earthquake 
geologists.  My interpretation of the meanings:

aseismic - (1) term used by seismologists to refer to geologic 
		structures and regions *not* subject to seismic 

	   (2) term used by textbook and specification authors 
		to describe design methods and performance 
		specifications for structures intended to be
		resistant to seismic loading

assumed etymology: 
regional glottalization of the word "geologic" in the sentence: 

A [geologic] structure not subject to seismic loads is aseismic.

with the verbial phrase "to be subject to" interpreted to mean 
"to be subject to failure"


(tongue firmly in cheek)
Charles Hamilton, EIT                   Graduate Student Researcher
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