Seismic maps foster landmark legislation

Fact Sheet 224-95
Prepared in cooperation with the Association of Bay Area Governments, California Division of Mines and Geology, and City of San Francisco
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When a powerful earthquake strikes an urban region, damage concentrates not only near the quake's source. Damage can also occur many miles from the source in areas of soft ground. In recent years, scientists have developed ways to identify and map these areas of high seismic hazard. This advance has spurred pioneering legislation to reduce earthquake losses in areas of greatest hazard.

Suggested Citation

Borcherdt, R.D., Brown, R.B., Page, R.A., Wentworth, C.M., and Hendley J.W., II, 1995, Seismic maps foster landmark legislation: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 224–95, 2 p. (Available at

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Seismic maps foster landmark legislation
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 224-95
DOI 10.3133/fs22495
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Menlo Park Science Center
Description 2 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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