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Seismic hazard exposure for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline

January 1, 2003

The discovery of oil on Alaska's North Slope and the construction of a pipeline to transport that oil across Alaska coincided with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and a destructive Southern California earthquake in 1971 to cause stringent stipulations, state-of-the-art investigations, and innovative design for the pipeline. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake on the Denali fault in November 2002 was remarkably consistent with the design earthquake and fault displacement postulated for the Denali crossing of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline route. The pipeline maintained its integrity, and disaster was averted. Recent probabilistic studies to update previous hazard exposure conclusions suggest continuing pipeline integrity.

Publication Year 2003
Title Seismic hazard exposure for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
DOI 10.1061/40687(2003)55
Authors L.S. Cluff, R.A. Page, D.B. Slemmons, C.B. Grouse
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70024879
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse