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Predicting earthquake effects—Learning from Northridge and Loma Prieta

August 26, 1994

The continental United States has been rocked by two particularly damaging earthquakes in the last 4.5 years, Loma Prieta in northern California in 1989 and Northridge in southern California in 1994. Combined losses from these two earthquakes approached $30 billion. Approximately half these losses were reimbursed by the federal government. Because large earthquakes typically overwhelm state resources and place unplanned burdens on the federal government, it is important to learn from these earthquakes how to reduce future losses. My purpose here is to explore a potential implication of the Northridge and Loma Prieta earthquakes for hazard-mitigation strategies: earth scientists should increase their efforts to map hazardous areas within urban regions. 

Publication Year 1994
Title Predicting earthquake effects—Learning from Northridge and Loma Prieta
DOI 10.1126/science.265.5176.1182
Authors Thomas L. Holzer
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Science
Index ID 70186683
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse