Liquefaction Potential of Hydraulic Fills

by Robert M. Pyke, (M.ASCE), Consulting Engr.; San Francisco, Calif.,
Kenneth L. Lee, Deceased; formerly, Prof.; School of Engrg. and Applied Sci., Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Calif.,
Lee A. Knupple, (A.M.ASCE), Civ. Engr.; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles Dist., Los Angeles, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 11, Pg. 1335-1354

Document Type: Journal Paper


The potential for future earthquake-induced liquefaction in the hydraulic fills of this important harbor area are examined with the aid of several recently proposed detailed and simplified procedures. In addition, the validity of these procedures is assessed by applying them in liquefaction analysis of the hydraulic fills existing in the harbor during the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake. The study suggests there is something less than a 50% chance of liquefaction occurring during the useful lifetime of these facilities. The consequences of liquefaction will depend on the nature of land use at the time.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic fills | Soil liquefaction | Earthquakes | Ports and harbors | Beaches | Land use | Landfills

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