Protecting a Power Lifeline Against Earthquakes

by Otto W. Steinhardt, (M.ASCE), Sr. Civ. Engr.; Pacific Gas and Electric Co., San Francisco, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 49-57

Document Type: Journal Paper


An electric power system is described and its lifeline function is explained. Effect of past earthquakes on power systems is related. Growth of a large power system, in various stages is described and related to rising standards of seismic design. The influence of operations personnel on the ability of the system to recover from the impact of a great earthquake is emphasized.

Subject Headings: Energy infrastructure | Lifeline systems | Earthquakes | Electrical systems | Electric power | Seismic design | Standards and codes | Seismic tests

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