Nisqually, Washington, Earthquake of February 2001

Nisqually, Washington, Earthquake of February 2001

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Prepared by the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering of ASCE. This TCLEE Monograph details the effects of the Nisqually, Washington, earthquake of February 28, 2001. Despite the magnitude of this 6.8 earthquake, only moderate damage was reported on older structures, and minimal damage was reported on newer engineered buildings. Although catastrophic damage did not occur, investigators did find some significant damage to the lifeline infrastructure, particularly roads, bridges, and the Sea-Tac airport control tower. Topics include geoscience and geotechnical aspects, highway systems, power systems, water supply, wastewater, railways, gas and liquid fuels, communications, airports, marine facilities, fire department response, and hazardous materials.Post-Earthquake Response The emergency operations center (HOC) at Eastside was activated within 45 minutes of the earthquake. ... PSE telephone communication systems operated with no problems as did radio based communications to mobile repair crews. ... About the time of the earthquake, but not related to it, ATaamp;T switch lines that service the facility that takes calls from the public to reportanbsp;...

Title:Nisqually, Washington, Earthquake of February 2001
Author:Peter W. McDonough
Publisher:ASCE Publications - 2002-01-01


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