Earth Movement at Baldwin Hills Reservoirs

by Robert B. Jansen,
Gordon W. Dukleth,
Bernard B. Gordon,
Laurence B. James,
Clyde E. Shields,


Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 4, Pg. 551-575


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The failure of the Baldwin Hills Reservoir in Los Angeles in December, 1963, was caused by earth movement manifested by offset at a fault, permitting release of water into a highly erodible foundation. Displacement at the reservoir is attributed to general land subsidence in the vicinity. The findings of an investigation of the phenomena which precipitated the disaster are presented. Several possible causes of the movement are analyzed. Lessons to be learned from this failure are outlined.

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Land subsidence | Failure analysis | Erosion | Displacement (mechanics) | Water management | Foundations | Geological faults | North America | California | Los Angeles | United States

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