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Earthquake and landslide hazard assessment, communication, and mitigation in Kentucky

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Matthew M. Crawford
Matthew M. Crawford
Kentucky Geological Survey, 504 Rose Street, 228 Mining and Mineral Resources Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0107, USA
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Zhenming Wang
Zhenming Wang
Kentucky Geological Survey, 504 Rose Street, 228 Mining and Mineral Resources Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0107, USA
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N. Seth Carpenter
N. Seth Carpenter
Kentucky Geological Survey, 504 Rose Street, 228 Mining and Mineral Resources Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0107, USA
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Published:
May 01, 2016

Geologic hazards such as earthquakes and landslides pose threats to communities in Kentucky. Landslides in particular cause millions of dollars in damage each year. Developing and implementing mitigation measures are the most effective ways to abate the impact of these hazards on communities. Earth scientists play important roles in the development and implementation of mitigation measures by providing the scientific basis—hazard maps in particular. It is critical that hazard maps be produced with the best science, but also that the meaning of the maps, as well as the associated uncertainties, be clearly and understandably communicated to the users and decision makers. The Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) studies earthquakes and landslides and produces appropriate hazard maps that can be used by communities to develop mitigation measures. Furthermore, KGS works closely with communities and state agencies to help them understand and use the hazard maps.

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GSA Special Papers

Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future

Gregory R. Wessel
Gregory R. Wessel
Geology in the Public Interest, P.O. Box 1135, Vashon, Washington 98070, USA
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Jeffrey K. Greenberg
Jeffrey K. Greenberg
Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois 60187, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
520
ISBN print:
9780813725208
Publication date:
May 01, 2016

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