PubTalk 3/2006 — The Great 1906 Earthquake
Lessons learned, lessons forgotten, and future directions in earthquake science
By Mary Lou Zoback, Seismologist (and Chair of the Steering Committee, 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance)
- The 1906 California disaster taught us that--
- the San Andreas Fault is a continuous feature extending nearly the length of the State
- earthquakes are a recurring process, not random events
- shaking is most intense on "made land"
- much of the damage to buildings is related to construction style and quality
- The elastic-rebound theory came from studies of the 1906 event--how is this theory used today in forecasting earthquakes?
- Why, so long after 1906, do we still have--
- so many unreinforced masonry buildings?
- development sited on "made land" and soft ground?
- New understanding and new technology promise a bright future for earthquake science-- breakthroughs are inevitable