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EFFECTS OF CATASTROPHIC EVENTS ON TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS: NORTHRIDGE EARTHQUAKE - JANUARY 17, 1994
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Accession Number:

00989277

Record Type:

Monograph

Abstract:

On Monday, January 17, 1994, at 4:30 a.m., an earthquake of a magnitude of 6.8 shook Los Angeles, California. While the actual earthquake (and its subsequent aftershocks) lasted only about 1 minute, it damaged 114,000 residential and commercial structures spread over 2,100 square miles, took 72 lives, and significantly impaired the Los Angeles regional transportation system, generating a year's worth of highway work in a single event. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported the Northridge earthquake as one of the largest and most costly federal disasters with initial cost estimates of total damages at $25 billion. This report documents the actions taken by transportation agencies in response to the Northridge earthquake, and is part of a larger effort to examine the impacts of catastrophic events on transportation system facilities and services. The findings documented in this report are a result of a detailed literature search on Northridge lessons learned. This report emphasizes the transportation aspects of this catastrophic event and lessons learned that could be incorporated into future emergency response planning.

Language:

English

Corporate Authors:

Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


55 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA

Department of Transportation

Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590 USA

Federal Highway Administration

Office of Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590 USA

Pagination:

50 p.

Publication Date:

2002-4-22

Features:

Appendices (2) ; Figures (9) ; Photos (8) ; Tables (10)

Subject Areas:

Administration and Management; Planning and Forecasting; Transportation (General); I72: Traffic and Transport Planning

Files:

NTL, TRIS, USDOT

Created Date:

Apr 21 2005 12:00AM