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Will Performance-based Earthquake Engineering Break the Power Law?

Heaton, Thomas H. (2007) Will Performance-based Earthquake Engineering Break the Power Law? Seismological Research Letters, 78 (2). pp. 183-185. ISSN 0895-0695. doi:10.1785/gssrl.78.2.183. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20121121-131441532

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Abstract

It seems that the entire community of earthquake professionals was stunned by the number of fatalities (approximately 300,000 dead or missing and presumed dead) in the 2004 Sumatran-Andaman earthquake and tsunami. It took us by surprise and seemed so out of proportion with anything that occurred in the decades prior. It was a rare confluence of circumstances that led to such massive loss. If, through our earthquake studies, we had been able to prevent just 5% of those deaths, then we would have saved more lives than have been lost in all other tsunamis for many decades. One clear lesson stands out from this tragedy: We must do a better job on tsunami hazard mitigation efforts for very large earthquakes (M > 9). While these events are rare, they account for most of the total hazard.


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Additional Information:© 2007 Seismological Society of America.
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DOI:10.1785/gssrl.78.2.183
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Official Citation: Thomas H. Heaton Will Performance-based Earthquake Engineering Break the Power Law? Seismological Research Letters, March/April 2007, v. 78, p. 183-185, doi:10.1785/gssrl.78.2.183
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