Seismic hazard exposure for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline

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Edited by: Beavers J.E.



The discovery of oil on Alaska's North Slope and the construction of a pipeline to transport that oil across Alaska coincided with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and a destructive Southern California earthquake in 1971 to cause stringent stipulations, state-of-the-art investigations, and innovative design for the pipeline. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake on the Denali fault in November 2002 was remarkably consistent with the design earthquake and fault displacement postulated for the Denali crossing of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline route. The pipeline maintained its integrity, and disaster was averted. Recent probabilistic studies to update previous hazard exposure conclusions suggest continuing pipeline integrity.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Seismic hazard exposure for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
DOI 10.1061/40687(2003)55
Issue 25
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher ASCE
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Monograph
First page 535
Last page 546
Conference Title Sixth U.S. Conference and Workshop on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering
Conference Location Long Beach, CA
Conference Date August 10, 2003-August 13, 2003
Country United States
State Alaska
Other Geospatial North Slope
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