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Fact Sheet 2004-3103

COOPERATING ORGANIZATIONS: Alaska Earthquake Information Center, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks Institute for Crustal Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara University of Alaska, Anchorage

Seismic Monitoring of the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska

By Mehmet Çelebi, Jill McCarthy, Niren Biswas, Lisa Wald, Robert Page, and Jamison Steidl


photo of glass-covered tall building
The 20-story Robert Atwood Government Building in downtown Anchorage, built in 1982, is the most fully instrumented building yet monitored by the Advanced National Seismic System.

“Earthquakes don't kill people–buildings do.”

Since the great Alaska earthquake of 1964, scientists and engineers have learned much about improving structural design to accommodate earthquake shaking, but we still have much more to learn. The Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS), under the leadership of the U.S. Geological Survey, has been launched to improve earthquake monitoring of both ground and structural response to strong shaking in an effort to save property and lives in the future.

Download this two-page Fact Sheet, (fs2004-3103.pdf; 208 KB).

For questions about the content of this report, contact Mehmet Çelebi

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