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Prep 19/2/2013: Case Study Loma Prieta Earthquake, California

posted 18 Feb 2013, 23:57 by Tim Jefferis   [ updated 19 Feb 2013, 00:00 ]


Video notes (V)
Handout (H/O)


1.   Use the following answers to your video questions to write a brief background to the earthquake: 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13.

2.   Open the image attached at the base of this post (San Andreas.jpg) Read the text, then copy the two diagrams into your notes, along with all the labels. 


1.   How much damage was caused by the earthquake (V)

2.   Why was there little damage near the epicentre? (H/O)

3.   Where was the worst damage in San Francisco? (V q. 16)

4.   Why? (V q. 16)

5.   What happened to the viaducts and bridge structures (include death toll)? (H/O V q. 26)


1.   What is the seismic gap theory? (H/O, V q. 22)

2.   To what extent were the building codes set up by the authorities a success? (H/O)

3.   Why was the damage so severe in the Marina District of San Francisco? (H/O)

Tim Jefferis,
18 Feb 2013, 23:58