Predicting earthquake effects—Learning from Northridge and Loma Prieta




The continental United States has been rocked by two particularly damaging earthquakes in the last 4.5 years, Loma Prieta in northern California in 1989 and Northridge in southern California in 1994. Combined losses from these two earthquakes approached $30 billion. Approximately half these losses were reimbursed by the federal government. Because large earthquakes typically overwhelm state resources and place unplanned burdens on the federal government, it is important to learn from these earthquakes how to reduce future losses. My purpose here is to explore a potential implication of the Northridge and Loma Prieta earthquakes for hazard-mitigation strategies: earth scientists should increase their efforts to map hazardous areas within urban regions. 

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Predicting earthquake effects—Learning from Northridge and Loma Prieta
Series title Science
DOI 10.1126/science.265.5176.1182
Volume 265
Issue 5176
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Description 2 p.
First page 1182
Last page 1183
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