MAJOR CAUSE OF A EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE IS GROUND FAILURE

Because ground failure places life and property in danger, an essential element of earthquake engineering is the evaluation of the potential of an earthquake to cause ground failure, the danger a failure would pose, and measures for preventing or avoiding the danger. Most earthquake-induced ground failures are caused by liquefaction of saturated sands and silts, by the weakening of sensitive clays or by decoupling of soil and rock on steep slopes. There are several ways to stabilize ground susceptible to some types of failure, but often the susceptible area is too extensive for economical stabilization. /Author/

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  • Accession Number: 00179729
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 1978 12:00AM