Effects of Ground on Destructiveness of Large Earthquakes

by C. Martin Duke,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1958, Vol. 84, Issue 3, Pg. 1-23

Document Type: Journal Paper


The present state of empirical knowledge of the relation between ground conditions and earthquake damage to structures is presented in terms of observations in destructive earthquakes. Thirty-six earthquakes are cited for which a relation has been reported. Patterns of behavior exist for several kinds of building. Firm ground is much preferred to soft ground for most kinds of structure. Strong rigid buildings may be an exception.

Subject Headings: Earthquakes | Soft soils | Empirical equations | Damage (structural)

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