Earthquake Information

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This page contains information useful to those interested in earthquake information for structures.

Reference Documents:

  1. General

    1. ATC 19, Structural Response Modification Factors
    2. ATC 34, A Critical Review of Current Approaches to Earthquake-Resistant Design.
    3. Dynamics of Structures, Clough & Penzien, McGraw-Hill
  2. Buildings

    1. Army/Navy/Air Force Seismic Design Guidelines for Essential Buildings.
    2. ATC 3-06, Tentative Provisions for the Development of Seismic Regulations for Buildings.
    3. ATC 40, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Concrete Buildings.
    4. FEMA 273 & 274, NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings.
    5. FEMA 302 & 303, NEHRP Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations for New Buildings and Other Structures.
    6. SEAOC Recommended Lateral Force Requirements and Commentary.
    7. Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings, Paulay & Priestley, John Wiley & Sons
  3. Bridges

    1. ATC 18, Seismic Design Criteria for Bridges and Highway Structures: Current and Future.
    2. ATC 32, Improved Seismic Design Criteria for California Bridges: Provisional Recommendations.
    3. FHWA-RD-86-102, Seismic Design of Highway Bridge Foundations, Volume II: Design Procedures and Guidelines.
    4. Seismic Design and Retrofit of Bridges, Priestley, Seible & Calvi, John Wiley & Sons
  4. Presentations

    1. Caltrans Seismic Design Criteria
    2. Earthquake Analysis with SAP2000


  1. Canada

    1. Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering
    2. Geological Survey of Canada
    3. National Earthquake Hazards Program
  2. United States

    1. Applied Technology Council
    2. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
    3. Federal Emergency Management Agency
    4. Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research
    5. National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering
    6. US Geological Survey Earthquakes