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Earthquakes: USGS Response to an Urban Earthquake-Northridge 1994

The Northridge earthquake of January 17, 1994, struck a modern urban environment generally designed for seismic resistance. There were few casualties, but economic cost was high with losses estimated at $20 billion. The earthquake severely tested building codes, earthquake-resistant construction, and emergency preparedness and response procedures. The experience confirmed many of the lessons learned from past earthquakes, exposed weaknesses in the society’s generally resilient fabric, and produced many surprises about the levels and consequences of strong ground shaking. More...

 

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