Seismic Hazard Along a Crude Oil Pipeline in the Event of an 1811-1812 Type New Madrid Earthquake

by Howard H. M. Hwang, Memphis State Univ, Memphis, United States,
Chia Hsun S. Chen, Memphis State Univ, Memphis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering


This paper presents an assessment of the seismic hazard that exists along a major crude oil pipeline (pipeline 22). An 1811-1812 type New Madrid earthquake with moment magnitude 8.2 is assumed to occur at three locations where large historical earthquakes have occurred. Six pipeline crossings of the major rivers in West Tennessee are chosen as the sites because of the liquefaction potential at these sites. A seismologic-based model is used to predict the bedrock accelerations. Uncertainties in three model parameters, i.e., stress parameter, cutoff frequency, and strong-motion duration are included in the analysis.

Subject Headings: Oil pipelines | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Earthquakes | Pipeline crossing | Stress analysis | Mathematical models | Madrid | Spain | Europe | Tennessee | United States

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