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Seismic hazard exposure for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline

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Edited by:
Beavers J.E.

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Abstract

The discovery of oil on Alaska's North Slope and the construction of a pipeline to transport that oil across Alaska coincided with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and a destructive Southern California earthquake in 1971 to cause stringent stipulations, state-of-the-art investigations, and innovative design for the pipeline. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake on the Denali fault in November 2002 was remarkably consistent with the design earthquake and fault displacement postulated for the Denali crossing of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline route. The pipeline maintained its integrity, and disaster was averted. Recent probabilistic studies to update previous hazard exposure conclusions suggest continuing pipeline integrity.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Seismic hazard exposure for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
Issue:
25
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
First page:
535
Last page:
546
Number of Pages:
12
Conference Title:
Proceedings of the Sixth U.S. Conference and Workshop on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering
Conference Location:
Long Beach, CA
Conference Date:
10 August 2003 through 13 August 2003