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As we know from studying earthquakes, there's a BIG difference between
vibrations that are perceptible (e.g., passing train, heavy equip operation,
etc.)  & those that result in structural damage.  The literature indicates
that peak soil velocities (i.e., ground shock) on the order of hundreths of
ft/s are perceptible, tens of ft/s are unpleasant, approx 2 ft/s is
considered safe for building damage, & it takes 5 - 8 ft/s to damage

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> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Matthew Stuart [mailto:m.stuart(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Friday, January 25, 2002 7:15 AM
> To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject:	RE: Vibration Problem
> I use to live in NE Florida near a train track, about 1/2 mile away.  You
> could feel the vibrations standing on the ground, in the pool or in the
> house when a large freight train went by. I always attributed it to the
> nature of the dense sands in the region.
> 	 -----Original Message-----
> 	From: 	David Compton [mailto:dcompton(--nospam--at)]
> 	Sent:	Thursday, January 24, 2002 7:48 PM
> 	To:	Seaoc List
> 	Subject:	Vibration Problem
> 	Hi All,
> 	I could use some help.  I am investigating a single family home in
> Florida constructed of masonry block with monolithic slab-on-grade.  The
> structure has cracking of the block along the rear of the home.  Hand
> Augurs, SPT Borings, GPR all show nothing. I am at a loss for a cause,
> expect for a long shot.  Around the time the cracks started showing up,
> some heavy construction (I believe earth work) was going on about 200' to
> 300' to the rear of the structure.  No vibration monitoring was conducted
> at the time of the construction.  Is it possible that the construction
> could of caused the cracking, and is there any reading material available
> on the subject that might help me. Thanks in advance.
> 	David L Compton, PE
> 	Urbaneering, Inc.
> 	Civil Engineering & Inspection Services
> 	Office 813-948-8360
> 	Cell 813-766-7649
> 	dcompton(--nospam--at)

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