Seismic Barrier Protection of Critical Infrastructure
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LEXINGTON United States
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Each year, on average a major magnitude-8earthquake strikes somewhere in the world. In addition,10,000 earthquake related deaths occur annually, where collapsing buildings claim by far most lives. Moreover, in recent events, industry activity of oil extraction and wastewater reinjection are suspect to cause earthquake swarms that threaten high-value oil pipeline networks, U.S. oil storage reserves, and civilian homes. Earthquake engineering building structural designs and materials have evolved over many years to minimize the destructive effects of seismic surface waves. However, even under the best engineering practices, significant damage and numbers of fatalities can still occur.
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