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Strong-Motion Records From the Kobe, Japan Earthquake of January 17, 1995 and Implications for Seismic Hazards in California

by Paul Somerville

Somerville, Paul (1995). Strong-Motion Records From the Kobe, Japan Earthquake of January 17, 1995 and Implications for Seismic Hazards in California. SMIP95 Seminar on Seismological and Engineering Implications of Recent Strong-Motion Data, p. 69 - 82.

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Abstract

The strong ground motion characteristics of the Kobe earthquake are very similar to those of California earthquakes. This raises the question of whether losses as large as the $200 billion which occurred in Kobe could occur in an urban earthquake in California.