The Los Angeles Dam Story

Fact Sheet 096-95
Prepared in cooperation with the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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In 1971, the near-failure of a dam during a magnitude 6.7 earthquake forced 80,000 people to evacuate their residences. In 1994, the replacement dam survived an almost identical earthquake with little damage. Underlying this progress in designing critical structures are years of research on the powerful shaking during large earthquakes.

Suggested Citation

Page, R.A., Boore, D.M., and Yerkes, R.F., 1995, The Los Angeles Dam story: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 096–95. (Available at

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The Los Angeles Dam Story
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 096-95
DOI 10.3133/fs09695
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description 2 p.
Country United States
State California
County Las Angeles
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