Fire Following Earthquake

by Charles Scawthorn,
John M. Eidinger,
Anshel J. Schiff,


American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA, | Co-publisher: NFPA
978-0-7844-0739-4 (ISBN-13) | 0-7844-0739-8 (ISBN-10), 2005, Soft Cover, Pg. xix, 332
29 cm
Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE) Monograph 26

Document Type: Book

Abstract:

Prepared by the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering of ASCE.

This TCLEE Monograph covers the entire range of fire following earthquake (FFE) issues, from historical fires to 20th-century fires in Kobe, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Northridge. FFE has the potential of causing catastrophic losses in the United States, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, and other seismically active countries with wood houses. This comprehensive book on FFE and urban conflagrations provides state-of-the-practice insight on unique issues, such as large diameter flex hose applications by fire and water departments. Topics include: History of past fires; Computer modeling of fire spread in the post-earthquake urban environment; Concurrent damage and fire impacts for water, power gas, communication and transportation systems; Examples of reliable water systems built or designed in San Francisco, Vancouver, Berkeley, and Kyoto; Use of large diameter (5 in.) and ultra large diameter (12 in.) flex hose for fire fighting and water restoration; and Cost-effectiveness of various FFE mitigation strategies, with a detailed benefit-cost model.

Water utility engineers, fire fighting professionals, and emergency response planners will benefit from reading this book.



Subject Headings: Fires | Hydro power | Hydrologic models | Earthquakes | Computer models | System reliability | Municipal water | Urban areas | Canada | United States | Japan | Asia | New Zealand | Oceania | Vancouver | British Columbia

 

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