Will It Happen Here?

by Jean-Pierre Bardet, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA,
Duygu Erten, (M.ASCE), Geotech. Engr.; DMJM, Los Angeles, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 12, Pg. 38-43

Document Type: Feature article


Every large earthquake reveals another facet of nature's riddles. Because earthquake engineering is experience-driven, the only time we can truly study the engineering effects of large earthquakes is when they occur. Each earthquake functions as a lab, a unique earthen university that helps us to discover more about earthquakes, how they function, and what they can do. The earthquake that struck on August 17 southeast of Izmit in Turkey can teach us much, for there are numerous corrolations between the North Anatolian fault and the San Andreas fault in California.

Subject Headings: Earthquakes | Earthquake engineering | Geological faults | Colleges and universities | Developing countries | Turkey | Asia | Middle East | California | United States

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