It is noted that the most devastating damage of the Loma Prieta earthquake in California was on the area's transportation infrastructure. The damage sustained by high-rise structures was largely limited to older buildings constructed on poorly compacted soils, unreinforced masonry buildings, and highway structures with inadequate lateral strength. It is noted that two-thirds of the deaths were on a segment of the Interstate system that was known to be vulnerable and was waiting to be retrofitted. This paper reviews the overall picture, and comments on the allocation of blame - the government's, the public's, and the engineering community's. It is noted that immediate actions are needed in both the earthquake vulnerabilityy mitigation area and the rescue-response area to reduce the risk and to cope with the calamity. Measures recommended for immediate implementation are listed.

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  • Accession Number: 00621115
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1992 12:00AM