Mitigation of Seismic Effects on Water Systems

by Michael J. O'Rourke, RPI, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Design and Construction of Complex Civil Engineering Systems

Abstract: Historically, earthquakes have caused damage to water systems. In this paper, water system facilities at risk due to seismic activity as well as potential damage mechanisms are identified. Facility specific mitigation techniques are outlined. For an existing system, disaster planning is identified as a cost-effective mitigation method. Finally St. Louis, Missouri is considered as a case study. Seismic damage which could result from a repetition of the 1811-1812 New Madrid events is estimated.

Subject Headings: Seismic effects | Seismic tests | Damage (structural) | Risk management | Water supply systems | Case studies | Earthquakes | Spain | North America | Missouri | Europe | Madrid | United States

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