Seismic Codes:Preparing for the Unknown

by Dan Morse, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 11, Pg. 70-73

Document Type: Feature article


Few eastern communities follow seismic codes because few communities view earthquakes as a risk. Although California-sized quakes have hit Charleston, St. Louis, they've done so in very long intervals. There is a slow change in the air, though, as engineers are taking the seismic code message to the streets. The code battles thus far have centered on new construction. Provisions that call for strengthening existing stuctures—provisions that are now taking shape in California—are considered a future hurdle for eastern communities.

Subject Headings: Standards and codes | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Earthquakes | Risk management | Streets

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