Vulnerability of Energy Distribution Systems to an Earthquake in the Central and Eastern United States - An Update Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper updates previous research on the vulnerability of energy transmission systems in the central and eastern United States to earthquake hazard. The paper will present and summarize the recent research completed on these systems with reference to a range of earthquake scenarios commencing at a M6 earthquake. An assessment will be provided of the vulnerability of the transmission systems to earthquake loading, and a summary provided of future research that may reduce the hazard to energy transmission systems. This region represents 3 percent of the world's population, and it has been seismically quiet for 100 years, The probability of a major earthquake in this century will be considered as part of the assessment.

author list (cited authors)

  • Nichols, J. M., & Beavers, J. E.

publication date

  • November 2003