Building safer structures

Fact Sheet 167-95
Prepared in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation, California Division of Mines and Geology, City of Los Angeles, General Services Administration, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Oregon Department of Highways, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington Department of Highways, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Private building owners
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In this century, major earthquakes in the United States have damaged or destroyed numerous buildings, bridges, and other structures. By monitoring how structures respond to earthquakes and applying the knowledge gained, scientists and engineers are improving the ability of structures to survive major earthquakes. Many lives and millions of dollars have already been saved by this ongoing research.

Suggested Citation

Ҫelebi, M., Page, R.A., and Seekins, Linda, 1995, Building safer structures (Revised June 1998): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 167–95. (Available at

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Building safer structures
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 167-95
DOI 10.3133/fs16795
Edition Revised 1998
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center, Menlo Park Science Center
Description 2 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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