Earthquake Countermeasures for Lifelines in the Central and Eastern United States

by T. D. O'Rourke, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Seismic hazards affecting petroleum transmission systems in the Central U.S. and water and gas distribution systems in the Eastern U.S. are discussed. Experience during previous earthquakes is summarized for petroleum transmission pipelines, and used to delineate the main seismic and geotechnical factors which could affect the performance of petroleum transmission systems in the Midwest. Examples of earthquake countermeasures and system improvements are presented for petroleum transmission pipelines in the Central U.S., and for New York City gas and water distribution networks.

Subject Headings: Power transmission | Gas pipelines | Water supply systems | Natural gas | Earthquakes | Soil liquefaction | Load and resistance factor design | Petroleum | New York City | New York | United States

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