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Technical paper: Earthquakes and dams

By A D M Penman, BRE

This paper was first publsihed in GE’s October 1981 issue.


The severity of damage that can be caused by an earthquake has been demonstrated yet again during the past few months. The quake at El Asnam in Algeria on 10 October 1980 was claimed to have killed 2,400 people while at Potenza in southern Italy an earthquake on 23 November wrecked a large number of towns and remote villages and the known number of dead exceeds 3,000.

This paper looks at the impact that different construction techniques have on the resultant damage to buildings, dams and other infrastructure from an earthquake.

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