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Recorded Response and Observed Performance of a Wood-Frame Hospital Building During the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake

by Moh Huang and Chris Tokas

Huang, Moh, and Chris Tokas (2004). Recorded Response and Observed Performance of a Wood-Frame Hospital Building During the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake. SMIP04 Seminar on Utilization of Strong-Motion Data, p. 125 - 136.

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Abstract

The Community Hospital in Templeton is a 1-story wood frame structure built in 1977 and instrumented by the California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program in 1994 as part of the OSHPD Hospital Instrumentation Project. During the M6.5 San Simeon Earthquake of December 22, 2003, maximum horizontal accelerations of 0.5 g and 1.3 g were recorded at the ground floor level and the roof, respectively. The hospital did not suffer structural or nonstructural damage during the earthquake despite the strong ground shaking. This paper presents analysis results of the recorded response data and building performance observed after the earthquake. Some factors that can be attributed to the good performance of this hospital during the San Simeon earthquake are also discussed.