Cascading Failures: Earthquake Threats to Transportation and Utilities

The operability of airports following a major earthquake is dependent upon minimal facility damage and functioning infrastructure systems. The immediate operation of airports provide valuable air functions during disaster response, and are a necessity for quick recovery of societal and economic functions. The San Francisco Bay Area is fortunate to have 24 public airports, one federal airport, and one military airport which together provide a redundant network of runways across the nine county region. This network however, will be stressed by a major hazard event. This report maps airports, roadways, passenger rail, fuel, electric, and water systems, and highlights their interaction with seismic hazards. Publicly available information is used to describe each system to gain a high-level understanding of how the system operates, and the potential consequence should the system be damaged. The report focuses on the seismic exposure of many systems and their significant consequence for airports and other stakeholders. It does not state specific restoration timelines nor damage estimates, but does reference restoration timelines experienced in past comparable events.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 47p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01579271
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CA14-1912, P14001EQK
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0448
  • Created Date: Sep 23 2015 7:12PM