Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

The Loma Prieta, California, earthquake of October 17, 1989 - Earth structures and engineering characterization of ground motion

February 1, 1999

This chapter contains two papers that summarize the performance of engineered earth structures, dams and stabilized excavations in soil, and two papers that characterize for engineering purposes the attenuation of ground motion with distance during the Loma Prieta earthquake. Documenting the field performance of engineered structures and confirming empirically based predictions of ground motion are critical for safe and cost effective seismic design of future structures as well as the retrofitting of existing ones.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1998
Title The Loma Prieta, California, earthquake of October 17, 1989 - Earth structures and engineering characterization of ground motion
DOI 10.3133/pp1552D
Authors Thomas L. Holzer
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Professional Paper
Series Number 1552
Index ID pp1552D
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earthquake Hazards Program