The Metropolitan Boston Area Earthquake Loss Study

by Edward S. Fratto, Massachusetts Civil Defense Agency, Framingham, MA, US,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Evaluation of Lifeline Systems—Case Studies


This study develops an inventory of critical facilities in the Metropolitan Boston area and analyzes the impact of a project earthquake (Cape Ann Event) on their structural integrity and functional ability. Estimates of financial loss and deaths and injuries will also be developed. The Metropolitan Boston area was chosen as the study area because of its proximity to the Cape Ann source area, the large areas of filled land - which can increase grounds-shaking intensity - high population density, and the character of the building stock; many structures in the Boston area are unreinforced masonry buildings dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries. The data generated by the study is intended to provide, to emergency planners and those responsible for public safety policy, a credible earthquake scenario on which to base the development of reasonable emergency planning and mitigation strategies.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Earthquakes | Environmental issues | Emergency management | Inventories | Structural analysis | Financial management | Accidents | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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