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Observations of Structural Performance Near Strong-Motion Stations During the Italy L’AQUILA Earthquake

by Chris D. Poland

Chris D. Poland (2009). Observations of Structural Performance Near Strong-Motion Stations During the Italy L’AQUILA Earthquake SMIP09 Seminar on Utilization of Strong-Motion Data, p. 61 - 64.

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Abstract

The deployment and retrieval of strong motion records over the past 80 years has provided new insight into the intensity, distribution, and character of strong motion. Gathering, processing, and interpreting the records has also become a key aspect of understanding building response and damage patterns. Specific inspections of the buildings around the 2009 L’Aquila Italy Earthquake strong motion recording stations offers yet another glimpse of how well buildings seem to be responding to strong shaking that appears to exceed the design levels. The observed damage pattern beyond the instrumented locations also offers some indication of the variation of shaking and once again demonstrates the need for significantly more instruments.