Basic Techniques for Quick and Rapid Post-Earthquake Assessments of Building Safety.

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Immediately after and during the first days after a strong earthquake occurs, thousands of buildings may result in damages, while new shocks can still occur. Of main interest is to carry out as quickly as possible the evaluation of building safety in order to identify which buildings are safe or not for immediate use (or for entering them) mainly against subsequent aftershocks. The success of inspections depends upon the manner it has been designed and planned in advance. This work presents two single and direct methods designed for post-earthquake building inspections and safety classifications in small-to-medium size towns stricken by a damaging earthquake.
Vidal F., Feriche M., Ontiveros A.
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