LESSONS NOT LEARNED FROM 1989 LOMA PRIETA EARTHQUAKE

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