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USGS Professional Papers on the Loma Prieta Earthquake

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"Bad times have a scientific value.  We learn the geology the morning after the earthquake."

                                                                                            -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The U.S. Geological Survey has completed the professional papers The Loma Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989, prepared in cooperation with the National Science Foundation.  USGS Professional Papers 1550-1553 comprise 16 chapters. The 2,773-page publication contains 162 manuscripts.  Coordinators were William Bakun and William Prescott for volume 1550, Thomas L. Holzer for volumes 1551 and 1552, and Dennis S. Mileti for volume 1553.  The publication is sold as individual chapters, as follows.

Professional Paper 1550--Earthquake Occurrence: A. Main-Shock Characteristics; B, Forecasts; C, Preseismic Observation; D, Aftershocks and Postseismic Effects; F, Tectonic Processes and Models.

Professional Paper 1551--Strong Ground Motion and Ground Failure: A, Strong Ground Motion; B, Liquefaction; C, Landslides; E, Hydrologic Disturbances; F, Marina District.

Professional Paper 1552--Performance of the Built Environment:  A, Lifelines; B, Highway Systems; C, Building Structures; D, Earth Structures and Engineering Characterization of Ground Motion.

Professional Paper 1553--Societal Response: A, Loss Estimation and Procedures; B, Public Response; C, Fire, Police, Transportation, and Hazardous Materials; D, Recovery, Mitigation, and Reconstruction.

the publications are available from: USGS Information Services, Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225.  Also see, or call 1-800-HELPMAP.

James Bela

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