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Earthquake-induced structural and nonstructural damage in hospitals

Nebil Achour, Masakatsu Miyajima, Masaru Kitaura and Andrew Price
Earthquake-induced structural and nonstructural damage in hospitals
Earthquake Spectra (August 2011) 27 (3): 617-634


The Sichuan (China) and L'Aquila (Italy) earthquakes have again highlighted the question of our preparedness for natural hazards. Within a few seconds, an earthquake can demolish many buildings, destroy infrastructure, and kill and injure thousands of people. In order to reduce the impact of earthquakes on human life and to prepare hospitals to cope with future disasters, this paper discusses earthquake-related damage to healthcare facilities. It investigates the damage to 34 healthcare facilities in seven countries caused by nine earthquakes between 1994 and 2004, in order to determine common and specific issues. The investigation shows that structural and architectural damage tended to be different and specific to the situation, while utility supplies and equipment damage were similar in most cases and some common trends emerged.

ISSN: 8755-2930
EISSN: 1944-8201
Serial Title: Earthquake Spectra
Serial Volume: 27
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Earthquake-induced structural and nonstructural damage in hospitals
Affiliation: Loughborough University, Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Pages: 617-634
Published: 201108
Text Language: English
Publisher: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Berkeley, CA, United States
References: 69
Accession Number: 2021-008183
Categories: SeismologyEngineering geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 6 tables
N41°40'00" - N42°55'00", E13°00'00" - E14°48'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Kanazawa University, JPN, Japan
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2021, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2021
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