Seismic Hazard Analysis for Crude Oil Pipelines in the New Madrid Seismic Zone

by Michael J. O'Rourke, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, Troy, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The seismic vulnerability of three crude oil pipelines in and around the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) is evaluated for a repetition of the 1811-12 New Madrid events. The seismic hazard considered is distributed permanent ground deformation (PGD) due to liquefaction and subsequent lateral spreading. Wave propagation effects, and abrupt PGD at fault crossing or at the margins of a lateral spread zone are not considered.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Oil pipelines | Geohazards | Soil deformation | Soil liquefaction | Petroleum | Non-renewable energy | Madrid | Spain | Europe

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