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
Seismic hazard exposure for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
Larger Work Title:
Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Monograph
Proceedings of the Sixth U.S. Conference and Workshop on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering