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U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3028

In cooperation with the Advanced National Seismic System and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Real-Time Seismic Monitoring of Instrumented Hospital Buildings

By Erol Kalkan, Jon Peter B. Fletcher, William S. Leith, Jill McCarthy, and Krishna Banga

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In collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Geological Survey's National Strong Motion Project has recently installed sophisticated seismic monitoring systems to monitor the structural health of two hospital buildings at the Memphis VA Medical Center in Tennessee. The monitoring systems in the Bed Tower and Spinal Cord Injury buildings combine sensing technologies with an on-site computer to capture and analyze seismic performance of buildings in near-real time.

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USGS Fact Sheet 2012–3094, Helping Safeguard Veterans Affairs’ Hospital Buildings by Advanced Earthquake Monitoring, by Erol Kalkan, Krishna Banga, Hasan S. Ulusoy, Jon Peter B. Fletcher, William S. Leith, and James L. Blair

Last modified Friday, June 29, 2012
First posted April 6, 2012

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Kalkan, Erol, Fletcher, J.P.B., Leith, W.S., McCarthy, Jill, and Banga, Krishna, 2012, Real-time seismic monitoring of instrumented hospital buildings: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3028, 2 p., available at

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