Scenario for Improving the Seismic Resistance of Pipelines in the Central United States

by Douglas J. Nyman, Univ of Illinois, Urbana, United States,
William J. Hall, Univ of Illinois, Urbana, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering


A number of pipelines transporting crude oil and natural gas to the Midwest and Northeast pass within and adjacent to the New Madrid seismic zone in the central United States. A major earthquake in this area could damage these lines and result in serious impact to the environment, safety hazards to the public, and disruption in energy supplies. This paper provides an overview of the seismic hazards to pipelines, pump stations, and compressor stations in the New Madrid region and a recommended course of action for improving pipeline-related earthquake preparedness and damage mitigation.

Subject Headings: Oil pipelines | Gas pipelines | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Earthquakes | Load and resistance factor design | Pumping stations | United States | Madrid | Spain | Europe

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