A multitude of possibilities exist when designing structures near potential surface fault rupture. The following Occupancy Category methodology could be used to supplement the existing requirements of the Alquist-Priolo Act (Hart and Bryant, 1997). The Alquist-Priolo Act currently does not allow for mitigation of any surface fault expression. For seismic design (shaking resistance), structures with different levels of importance are treated differently in the California Building Code (CBC) (California Building Standards Commission, 2007). Thus, essential facilities should be treated differently with regard to surface fault rupture by interweaving the Alquist-Priolo Act with the CBC. The main...

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