Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

3-11-1991

Session End Date

3-15-1991

Abstract

The October 17, 1989, Loma Prieta earthquake subjected a number of solid waste or sanitary landfills to significant shaking. The performance of sanitary landfills during large earthquakes is of great interest to the public, state and federal agencies, and the landfill owners. The observed performance of six sanitary landfills located within the Lorna Prieta earthquake damage zone is compared with the performance predicted by a commonly used deformation analysis technique. The six landfills were inspected immediately after the October 17, 1989, magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Damage and evidence of slope movement, or lack thereof, was recorded. The mean peak ground accelerations were estimated and used in a deformation analysis as proposed by Makdisi and Seed (1977). The deformations predicted by the analyses are compared with the observed conditions and from the results of the comparison; a preliminary assessment of the analytical techniques and input parameters is made.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Second Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

3-11-1991

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1991 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Sanitary Landfill Performance During the Loma Prieta Earthquake

St. Louis, Missouri

The October 17, 1989, Loma Prieta earthquake subjected a number of solid waste or sanitary landfills to significant shaking. The performance of sanitary landfills during large earthquakes is of great interest to the public, state and federal agencies, and the landfill owners. The observed performance of six sanitary landfills located within the Lorna Prieta earthquake damage zone is compared with the performance predicted by a commonly used deformation analysis technique. The six landfills were inspected immediately after the October 17, 1989, magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Damage and evidence of slope movement, or lack thereof, was recorded. The mean peak ground accelerations were estimated and used in a deformation analysis as proposed by Makdisi and Seed (1977). The deformations predicted by the analyses are compared with the observed conditions and from the results of the comparison; a preliminary assessment of the analytical techniques and input parameters is made.