In the framework of a Project issued by the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) a Research Unit (RU) has been granted with the commitment to provide a link between the seismic shaking and the triggering of ground failures such as liquefaction. The main goals have regarded both the enlargement of the base of observables for a better constrain of the seismic hazard assessments and the analysis of the triggering and causative factors of permanent ground deformations. Nevertheless, when analyzing the non-linear soil response under which liquefaction occur, some insights into site-effects have been also provided, thus contributing to the general task of the site-specific hazard. The paper illustrates the analyses and investigations carried out within the aim of the project, some of them are still provisional due to the huge amount of data produced and the strong effort required to analyze all the matters related to the observed phenomena. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.