After the Aftershock: Seismically Resilient Structures
Did you know that there is no "earthquake season" and no such thing as "earthquake weather?" Unlike hurricanes, whose season typically runs from June 1st to November 30th in the U.S., earthquakes can strike in any weather and at any time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
So how should this influence the design of our structures?
In this MooreWise brief, Laura Whitehurst discusses designing for seismic resilience and how simple increases in design or performance factors can have resounding positive effects in the face of disaster.
The concept of seismic resiliency can and should be applied to both critical and non-critical structures — from hospitals, fire and police facilities, and schools to businesses that support the community. Furthermore, the upfront cost and use of materials in designing to higher standards is negligible in comparison to the amounts required after major damage, which could include having to demolish and completely rebuild.
Beyond Code: Engineering Buildings for Extreme Performance by Rafael Sabelli
Resilient Design Institute
U.S. Resiliency Council
USGS Earthquake Myth FAQs