Understanding the Earthquake Environment, Corporate Strategies

by Dennis K. Ostrom,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering


Corporations should understand the impact that earthquakes may have on their ability to function. Some earthquake related issues which face a corporation are: earthquake design levels for new facilities, dealing with vulnerable components, whether there are significant strategic earthquake risks, and the appropriate amount of earthquake insurance to purchase. This paper presents basic approaches which Southern California Edison (Edison) uses to understand these issues, as well as its exposure to earthquake hazards. Also presented are some of the ways that Edison is currently using this knowledge.

Subject Headings: Earthquakes | Power plants | Load and resistance factor design | Electric power | Industrial facilities | Corporations | Utilities | California | United States

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