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- Appendix B: A report on the visit to the region stricken by the Wenchuan Earthquake
- Kafle, Bidur; Mohyeddin Kermani, A.; Wibowo, Ari
- Earthquake ground shaking is one of the environmental actions to be considered in structural design. In regions of high seismicity, the design of structural elements is usually governed by load combinations which include seismic loading. The effects of an earthquake on non-structural elements such as damage to facades, glass, plasters, veneers, gas and water pipes, etc. can also be a significant issue even in the regions with low-to-moderate seismic activity. The Wenchuan Earthquake with the moment magnitude of 7.9 (reported by USGS) occurred in Sichuan Province in China on May 12, 2008 at local time 14:28. As of July 2 2008, 69,195 people have been killed, 373,606 injured, 18,389 missing, 5 million homeless, and 79,852 rescued (Ref. 3). To investigate damage to infrastructure caused by this earthquake, a group of 8 researchers (2 from The University of Melbourne, 1 from Swinburne University of Technology and 5 from The University of Hong Kong) was sent to Sichuan, China in late June-early July 2008 (about 50 days after the event) for visiting the city of Chengdu, Dujiangyang, YingXiu and Mianyang cities which have suffered different degrees of damage. This report is mainly on the observations of the damaged area. The aim herein is to classify damage based on building types, modes of failure, distance from the epicentre and relevant ground motion parameters.
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- Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 8, special issue (2008), pp. A2:1-A2:40
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- Earthqake damage; Earthquake ground shaking; Structural design; Wenchuan Earthquake (2008)
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