Editorial NoteIntroduction1. Introduction1.1. Introduction; L. Mendes Victor, C.S. Oliveira. 2. Historical Framework2.1. The Lisbon earthquake of 1 November 1755 in Spanish contemporary; A. Udías, A. López Arroyo2.2. The Lisbon earthquake of November 1st, 1755: an historical overview of its approach; M. do Rosário Themudo Barata2.3. The great earthquakes of Lisbon 1755 and Aceh 2004 shook the world. Seismologists’ societal responsibility; K. Fuchs2.4. Seismic engineering - contributions and trends to face future 1755-events; T.P. Tassios2.5. Bruce Alan Bolt, 1930 – 2005, professor of seismology, emeritus; D. Brillinger et al. 3. Social-economic impact on communities exposed to earthquakes and tsunamis3.1. Catastrophe risk management in developing countries and the last mile; H.C. Shah3.2. A phenomenological reconstruction of the Mw9 Nov 1st 1755 earthquake source; R. Muir-Wood, A. Mignan3.3. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake and the genesis of the risk management concept; A. Betâmio de Almeida3.4. Holistic urban seismic risk evaluation of megacities: application and robustness; M.L. Carreño et al. 4. Urban planning facing natural hazards, information and warning4.1. Risk estimates for Germany; F. Wenzel et al. 4.2. Traditional and innovative methods for seismic vulnerability assessment at large geographical scales; M. Calvi et al. 4.3. Earthquake early warning: real-time prediction of ground motion from the first seconds of seismic recordings; M. Böse4.4. Simulating earthquake scenarios in the European project LESSLOSS: the case of Lisbon; G. Zonno et al. 4.5. How distant earthquakes contribute to seismic hazard in mainland Portugal; J.A. Pelaez et al. 5.Propagation and local effects on the seismic destruction5.1. Visualization of seismic wavefields and strong ground motions using data from a nationwide strong-motion network and large-scale computer simulation; T. Furumura5.2. Empirical and theoretical assessment of upper bounds on earthquake ground-motions; F. Sabetta5.3. Suboceanic rayleigh waves in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake; A. Vuan et al. 5.4. Contribution to the damage interpretation during the 1755 Lisbon earthquake; M. San-Payo et al. 6. How to build earthquake resistant buildings under the environmental contrains6.1. Caveats for nonlinear response assessment shear wall structures; P. Gulkan6.2. Rapid probabilistic assessment of structural systems in earthquake regions; A. Elnashai, S.H. Jeong6.3. The development of European shaking tables; R.T Severn6.4. The seismic behaviour of reinforced concrete structural walls: experiments and modelling; P. Kotronis et al. 6.4. Building performance during recent earthquakes in the Iberian Peninsula and surrounding regions; P. Murphy Corella7. New approaches to the seismogenesis on the 1755 earthquake7.1. Seismotectonics of the Azores-Tunisia region; E. Buforn7.2. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake: a review and the proposal for a tsunami early warning system in the Gulf of Cadiz; A. Ribeiro et al. 7.3. Evaluation of the 1755 earthquake source using tsunami modelling; M.A. Baptista, J. Miranda7.4. A finite-fault modeling of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake sources; A. Carvalho et al. 7.5. A statistical study of the seismic intensities of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake; D.R. Brillinger, B.A. Bolt8. Global response to large earthquakes8.1. Eyewitness reports of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami from Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia; R. Spence8.2.