Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

3-26-2001

Session End Date

3-31-2001

Abstract

The Chi-Chi earthquake caused severe damage of many buildings primarily due to surface faulting and ground shaking. It has been reported that about 10,000 buildings collapsed and 8000 buildings suffered varying degrees of damage. The observed damage to buildings resulted from many factors that include ground movement, acceleration, design code, and construction quality. The damage to buildings near the fault was attributed primarily to the ground movement. One observed phenomenon is that the damage in the up-lifted side (east side) of the rupture fault was much more severe than the opposing side (west side) of the fault mainly due to upward movement, surface tension, and surface faulting. This paper will summarize the raw data of observed damage along both sides-of the ruptured fault based upon assessment work performed on site in the Wu-Fong Township area to compare the damage quantitatively on the up-lifted side and the opposing side of the fault. The results of this study will provide insight into the building failures along the fault line.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

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

Meeting Name

Fourth Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

3-26-2001

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2001 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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The Observed Building Damage Associated with Fault Movement in 1999 Chi-Chi (Taiwan) Earthquake

San Diego, California

The Chi-Chi earthquake caused severe damage of many buildings primarily due to surface faulting and ground shaking. It has been reported that about 10,000 buildings collapsed and 8000 buildings suffered varying degrees of damage. The observed damage to buildings resulted from many factors that include ground movement, acceleration, design code, and construction quality. The damage to buildings near the fault was attributed primarily to the ground movement. One observed phenomenon is that the damage in the up-lifted side (east side) of the rupture fault was much more severe than the opposing side (west side) of the fault mainly due to upward movement, surface tension, and surface faulting. This paper will summarize the raw data of observed damage along both sides-of the ruptured fault based upon assessment work performed on site in the Wu-Fong Township area to compare the damage quantitatively on the up-lifted side and the opposing side of the fault. The results of this study will provide insight into the building failures along the fault line.