Resilience by Design: Bringing Science to Policy Makers

Seismological Research Letters



No one questions that Los Angeles has an earthquake problem. The “Big Bend” of the San Andreas fault in southern California complicates the plate boundary between the North American and Pacific plates, creating a convergent component to the primarily transform boundary. The Southern California Earthquake Center Community Fault Model has over 150 fault segments, each capable of generating a damaging earthquake, in an area with more than 23 million residents (Fig. 1). A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) analysis of the expected losses from all future earthquakes in the National Seismic Hazard Maps (Petersen et al., 2014) predicts an annual average of more than $3 billion per year in the eight counties of southern California, with half of those losses in Los Angeles County alone (Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA], 2008). According to Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies, Los Angeles faces one of the greatest risks of catastrophic losses from earthquakes of any city in the world, eclipsed only by Tokyo, Jakarta, and Manila (Swiss Re, 2013).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Resilience by Design: Bringing Science to Policy Makers
Series title Seismological Research Letters
DOI 10.1785/0220150010
Volume 86
Issue 2A
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Eastern Section: Seismological Society of America
Publisher location El Cerrito, CA
Contributing office(s) Office of the AD Hazards
Description 8 p.
First page 294
Last page 301
Country United States
State California
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