Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

6-1-1993

Abstract

Earthquakes have caused much damage to fill type dams. Research into earthquake damage has contributed to the study of earthquake resistance of dams. However damage to fill dams occurred almost only to small scale earth dams, especially the few cases of heavy damage. This report describes the damage and performance of fill dams more than 15m-high during earthquakes, drawn from literature, data, and field surveys. The results indicate that even stronger earthquakes than the design earthquake intensity did not cause heavy damage to large well-constructed modern dams. The above analysis of the performance of fill dams during earthquakes shows that large scale dams are earthquake resistant.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Third Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1993

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1993 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Earthquake Damage to Fill Dams

St. Louis, Missouri

Earthquakes have caused much damage to fill type dams. Research into earthquake damage has contributed to the study of earthquake resistance of dams. However damage to fill dams occurred almost only to small scale earth dams, especially the few cases of heavy damage. This report describes the damage and performance of fill dams more than 15m-high during earthquakes, drawn from literature, data, and field surveys. The results indicate that even stronger earthquakes than the design earthquake intensity did not cause heavy damage to large well-constructed modern dams. The above analysis of the performance of fill dams during earthquakes shows that large scale dams are earthquake resistant.