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Earthquake Hazards & the Design of Constructed Facilities in the Eastern United States

Edited by K.H.Jacob and C.J.Turkstra

NCEER-89-NYAS | 1/1/1989 | 0 pages

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Keywords: Eastern North America. Eastern United States. Historical seismicity. Central United States. Existing buildings. Eastern Canada. Ground motion estimation. Probabilistic seismic hazard assessment. Earthquake hazard mitigation. Seismicity. Seismotectonics. Liquefaction. Public policy. Building codes. Earthquake resistant design.

Abstract: Broadly, these conference papers address two basic questions, What is the earthquake hazard in the Eastern United States, as defined by the seismological community? and What should the engineering community do in response to the risks to man-made structures posed by the east's demonstratable seismic hazard?. Within this framework, the papers range over most all of the various phases of the earthquake problem for Eastern North America, beginning with eastern seismotectonics and intraplate earthquakes, and then moving through ground motion characteristics in the East, probabilistic seismic hazard assessment, and ground failure. As for design and engineering measures, considerations are made of the theoretical basis for seismic design in the East, followed by seismic design for variety of building and structural types as well as nonstructural elements. Retrofitting, rehabilitation, codes, urban planning and public policy generally, and also in specific locales such as New York City and Boston, are also treated in papers found in this collection.