Dams and Earthquakes: A Shaky Relationship

by Michael W. West, (M.ASCE), Pres.; Michael W. West & Assoc., 8906 W. Bowles Ave., Suite 290, Littleton, CO 80123,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 4, Pg. 64-67

Document Type: Feature article


The rarity of earthquake-related dam failure does not mean that it can't happen. A phased geologic assessment could prevent potential catastrophe by determining where and when an earthquake might strike and what effect it could have on a dam. Recent studies in Utah and Wyoming highlight methods, results and uncertainties associated with earthquake hazard assessment.

Subject Headings: Dam failures | Earthfill dams | Earthquakes | Failure analysis | Geology | Uncertainty principles | United States | Utah | Wyoming

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