Earthquake Hazards

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Building safer structures

In this century, major earthquakes in the United States have damaged or destroyed numerous buildings, bridges, and other structures. By monitoring how structures respond to earthquakes and applying the knowledge gained, scientists and engineers are improving the ability of structures to survive major earthquakes. Many lives and millions of dollars...

Ҫelebi, Mehmet; Page, Robert A.; Seekins, Linda
Ҫelebi, M., Page, R.A., and Seekins, Linda, 1995, Building safer structures (Revised June 1998): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 167–95. (Available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1995/0167/.)

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Pay a little now, or a lot later

Odds are 2-in-3 that at least one disastrous earthquake will strike the San Francisco Bay Area before 2020. Faced with this threat, corporations and government agencies have stepped up efforts that will reduce future losses by billions of dollars.

Bakun, William H.
Bakun, W.H., 1995, Pay a little now, or a lot later (Revised July 1998): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 169–95, 2 p. (Available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1995/0169/.)

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Averting Surprises in the Pacific Northwest

Atwater, Brian F.; Yelin, Thomas S.; Weaver, Craig S.; Hendley, James W.
Averting Surprises in the Pacific Northwest; 1995; FS; 111-95; Atwater, Brian F.; Yelin, Thomas S.; Weaver, Craig S.; Hendley, James W., II

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Utah braces for the future

Almost 75 percent of Utah's population lives near the Wasatch Fault. Earth scientists have shown that this fault has repeatedly experienced strong earthquakes of magnitude 7 or larger and will continue to do so in the future. Efforts to increase public awareness of earthquake hazards in Utah have resulted in residents and community leaders taking...

Machette, Michael N.; Brown, William M.
Machette, M.N., and Brown, W.M., 1995, Utah braces for the future: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 166–95, 2 p. (Available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1995/0166/.)

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Multichannel seismic-reflection profiling on the R/V Maurice Ewing during the Los Angeles Region Seismic Experiment (LARSE), California

This report describes the acquisition of deep-crustal multichannel seismic-reflection data in the Inner California Borderland aboard the R/V Maurice Ewing, conducted in October 1994 as part of the Los Angeles Regional Seismic Experiment (LARSE). LARSE is a cooperative study of the crustal structure of southern California involving earth scientists...

Brocher, Thomas M.; Clayton, Robert W.; Klitgord, Kim D.; Bohannon, Robert G.; Sliter, Ray; McRaney, John K.; Gardner, James V.; Keene, J.B.
Multichannel seismic-reflection profiling on the R/V Maurice Ewing during the Los Angeles Region Seismic Experiment (LARSE), California; 1995; OFR; 95-228; Brocher, Thomas M.; Clayton, Robert W.; Klitgord, Kim D.; Bohannon, Robert G.; Sliter, Ray; McRaney, John K.; Gardner, James V.; Keene, J. B.

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Look before you build; geologic studies for safer land development in the San Francisco Bay area

This Circular provides a general description of the types of geologic hazards that exist throughout the United States. In nontechnical language this book describes how geologic information can be incorporated in the land-use development process and contains useful discussion of several examples from the San Francisco Bay area and elsewhere in the...

Blair-Tyler, Martha
Look before you build; geologic studies for safer land development in the San Francisco Bay area; 1995; CIR; 1130; Blair-Tyler, Martha

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The Los Angeles Dam Story

In 1971, the near-failure of a dam during a magnitude 6.7 earthquake forced 80,000 people to evacuate their residences. In 1994, the replacement dam survived an almost identical earthquake with little damage. Underlying this progress in designing critical structures are years of research on the powerful shaking during large earthquakes.

Page, Robert A.; Boore, David M.; Yerkes, Robert F.
Page, R.A., Boore, D.M., and Yerkes, R.F., 1995, The Los Angeles Dam story: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 096–95. (Available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1995/0096/.)

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San Andreas fault zone drilling project: scientific objectives and technological challenges

We are leading a new international initiative to conduct scientific drilling within the San Andreas fault zone at depths of up to 10 km. This project is motivated by the need to understand the physical and chemical processes operating within the fault zone and to answer fundamental questions about earthquake generation along major plate-boundary...

Hickman, S.H.; Younker, L.W.; Zoback, M.D.
San Andreas fault zone drilling project: scientific objectives and technological challenges; 1995; Article; Journal; Journal of Energy Resources Technology; Hickman, S. H.; Younker, L. W.; Zoback, M. D.

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Chapter A. The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989 - Loss estimation and procedures

This Professional Paper includes a collection of papers on subjects ranging from evaluation of building safety, to human injuries, to correlation of ground deformation with building damage. What these papers share is a common goal to improve the tools available to the research community to measure the nature, extent, and causes of damage and...

Tubbesing, Susan K.
Chapter A. The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989 - Loss Estimation and Procedures; 1994; PP; 1553-A; The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989: Societal Response; Edited by Tubbesing, Susan K.

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Chapter A. The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989 - Strong ground motion

Strong ground motion generated by the Loma Prieta, Calif., earthquake (MS~7.1) of October 17, 1989, resulted in at least 63 deaths, more than 3,757 injuries, and damage estimated to exceed $5.9 billion. Strong ground motion severely damaged critical lifelines (freeway overpasses, bridges, and pipelines), caused severe damage to poorly constructed...

Borcherdt, Roger D.
Chapter A. The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989 - Strong Ground Motion; 1994; PP; 1551-A; The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989: Strong Ground Motion and Ground Failure; Edited by Borcherdt, Roger D.

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Chapter C. The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989 - Fire, police, transportation and hazardous materials

The papers in this chapter discuss some of the failures and successes that resulted from the societal response by a multitude of agencies to the Loma Prieta earthquake. Some of the lessons learned were old ones relearned. Other lessons were obvious ones which had gone unnoticed. Still, knowledge gained from past earthquakes spawned planning and...

Van Anne, Craig; Scawthorn, Charles R.
Chapter C. The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989 - Fire, Police, Transportation and Hazardous Materials; 1994; PP; 1553-C; The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989: Societal Response; Edited by Van Anne, Craig; Scawthorn, Charles R.

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Chapter E. The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989 - Hydrologic disturbances

Seismic events have long been known to cause changes in the level of oceans, streams, lakes, and the water table. The great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 induced significant hydrologic changes that were qualitatively similar to those changes observed for the Loma Prieta earthquake. What is different is that the hydrologic data sets collected...

Rojstaczer, Stuart A.
Chapter E. The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989 - Hydrologic Disturbances; 1994; PP; 1551-E; The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989: Strong Ground Motion and Ground Failure; Edited by Rojstaczer, Stuart A.