Shake, Rattle and Map

by Stephanie A. King, Associate Director; John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center,
Anne S. Kiremidjian, Professor; Civil Engineering Department, Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA 94305-4020,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 6, Pg. 50-52

Document Type: Feature article


Researchers at Stanford's Earthquake Engineering Institute are developing an innovative system that uses geographic information systems to predict earthquake damage. A case study shows how the system significantly improves the accuracy of conventional damage and loss scenarios. Recent large earthquakes in Northridge, Calif. and Kobe, Japan caused billions of dollars of damage to man-made structures and greatly impacted surrounding economies. As urban populations expand into seismically threatened areas of the world, new methods for assessing, mitigating and managing seismic risk to the built environment are needed to reduce losses in future earthquakes.

Subject Headings: Mapping

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