Earthquake Hazard Investigative Procedures for Central United States Waterworks

by James R. Blacklock, Univ of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering in the Central and Eastern U.S.


The vulnerability assessment of Central United States waterworks for earthquake hazards is a developing engineering practice for civil engineers in Arkansas, Missouri and states close to the New Madrid Fault. Because of a lack of seismic experience and an approved regional vulnerability assessment methodology, many recent preliminary engineering inspections and evaluations of lifeline facilities have been performed by out-of-state earthquake engineering consultants. Because of heightened seismic awareness and new seismic building code laws in several states in the New Madrid Fault region, the decade of the 90s will be important for regional Civil Engineers to undertake the tasks of performing seismic vulnerability assessments for utilities and lifelines. This paper addresses some of the issues of civil engineering practice for this important work of assessing risks for lifeline ystems in the New Madrid Earthquake states.

Subject Headings: Earthquakes | Geohazards | Seismic tests | Consulting services | Seismic effects | Lifeline systems | Infrastructure vulnerability | Earthquake engineering | United States | Madrid | Spain | Europe | Arkansas | Missouri

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