Evaluation of Building Response Recorded During the Morgan Hill Earthquake

by Charles A. Kircher, Jack Benjamin & Associates Inc, Mountain View, CA, USA,
I-Kwang Chang, Jack Benjamin & Associates Inc, Mountain View, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Response of Structures


On April 24, 1984, the Morgan Hill Earthquake (Richter magnitude 6. 2) occurred within approximately 15 km of IBM Corporation's computer-equipment manufacturing facility located just south of San Jose, California. Three buildings at the facility had been instrumented prior to the Morgan Hill Earthquake and excellent records of building response were obtained for this event. This paper describes related studies and presents findings of the evaluation of recorded building response for one of the three instrumented buildings which had been extensively tested and analyzed prior to the earthquake. The results of the earthquake-response evaluation provided the basis to confirm previous test and analytical findings regarding the building's capacity to withstand moderate and severe earthquakes.

Subject Headings: Dynamic structural analysis | Earthquakes | Case studies | Earthquake magnitude scale | Computing in civil engineering | Manufacturing | Earthquake resistant structures | Structural dynamics | California | United States

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