The long recurrence period and high consequence earthquakes events in the New Madrid Seismic Zone have caused some federal agencies (e.g., NEHRP, FHWA) to look at the more densely populated areas where higher seismic risk is present. This paper presents the data collection, interpretation, and analysis of the geotechnical information required for an earthquake loss estimation study in St. Louis metro area. The loss estimation study was limited to the highway transportation system, where only the major highways were considered. The project information was processed using a GIS, and the subsequent loss analysis was executed using the HAZUS-MH program.

Meeting Name

GeoCongress 2006 (2006: Feb. 26-Mar. 1, Atlanta, GA)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

New Madrid Seismic Zone; St. Louis-Missouri; damage; earthquakes; highway management; loss estimation; risk management

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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© 2006 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jan 2006