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Mtg: Earthquake Hazards in the San Francisco Bay Region

by @ 2:07 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design
 

TUESDAY September 3, 2013
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: Kent Fogleman, USGS National Strong-Motion Project
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Agilent Technologies, 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.CaliforniaConsultants.org

Most people who live in the San Francisco Bay Region know about the magnitude (Mw) 7.8 1906 San Francisco earthquake (“The Big One”), but many other Bay Area faults are also hazardous.  This talk will discuss the historical earthquakes and faults in the SF Bay Area and the probabilities of one or more magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquakes in the Bay Area in the next 30 years.
The intensity of shaking that a structure will experience during an earthquake is a function of:
-  the magnitude,
– the distance from the fault, and
– the type of ground materials beneath the structure.
These three main factors will be discussed in detail, with examples from Bay Area shocks and how many structures have been retrofitted with seismic isolation systems (“shock absorbers”) to mitigate potential damage in strong ground shaking.  Finally, earthquake safety steps will be discussed.

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