Estimating Earthquake Hazard of Municipal Water Systems

by Howard Hwang, Memphis State Univ, United States,
Otto Helweg, Memphis State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


This paper uses the City of Memphis as a case study to present the seismic hazard evaluation of a municipal water delivery system. The horizontal peak bedrock accelerations resulting from large New Madrid earthquakes have been estimated and presented in contour maps. In addition, existing boring logs, collected from various sources, have been compiled and analyzed to establish the subsurface conditions for the entire Memphis area. The site response analysis and the evaluation of the liquefaction potential in Memphis and Shelby County have also been initiated.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Earthquakes | Geohazards | Water supply systems | Soil liquefaction | Risk management | Occupational safety | Seismic tests | Madrid | Spain | Europe | Tennessee | United States

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