Seismic Mitigation of the Memphis Water System

by Kevin M. Poe, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Div, Memphis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Memphis, Tennessee is located in zone 2 of the 1988 Standard Building Code, close to the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The probability of having a seismic event of significant magnitude is high. It has been estimated by Johnson (1985) that before the year 2035, the probability of a 6.3 Ms magnitude earthquake is 86 - 97%. Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, a publicly owned utility, is taking precautions to prepare for such an event. This paper will briefly describe the Memphis water system, outline areas of vulnerability and present the action plan developed to prepare for an earthquake.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Water supply systems | Mitigation and remediation | Earthquakes | Water supply | Light (artificial) | Standards and codes | Tennessee | United States | Madrid | Spain | Europe

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