Scenario for Improving the Seismic Resistance of Pipelines in the Central United Statesby Douglas J. Nyman, Univ of Illinois, Urbana, United States,
William J. Hall, Univ of Illinois, Urbana, United States,
Abstract: A number of pipelines transporting crude oil and natural gas to the Midwest and Northeast pass within and adjacent to the New Madrid seismic zone in the central United States. A major earthquake in this area could damage these lines and result in serious impact to the environment, safety hazards to the public, and disruption in energy supplies. This paper provides an overview of the seismic hazards to pipelines, pump stations, and compressor stations in the New Madrid region and a recommended course of action for improving pipeline-related earthquake preparedness and damage mitigation.
Subject Headings: Oil pipelines | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Gas pipelines | Load and resistance factor design | Pipelines | Non-renewable energy | Public health and safety | Environmental issues | Damage (structural) | North America | United States | Spain | Europe | Madrid | Mid-West states
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