Seismic Codes:Preparing for the Unknownby Dan Morse, Assistant Editor;
Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 11, Pg. 70-73
Document Type: Feature article
Few eastern communities follow seismic codes because few communities view earthquakes as a risk. Although California-sized quakes have hit Charleston, St. Louis, they've done so in very long intervals. There is a slow change in the air, though, as engineers are taking the seismic code message to the streets. The code battles thus far have centered on new construction. Provisions that call for strengthening existing stuctures—provisions that are now taking shape in California—are considered a future hurdle for eastern communities.
Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Standards and codes | Streets | Risk management | Earthquakes
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