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Title
Chile Earthquake (1985): Observations on Earthquake-Resistant Construction in Vina del Mar.
File
PB88107248.pdf
Author(s)
Wood, S. L.; Wight, J. K.; Moehle, J. P.
Source
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC., February 1987, 187 p.
Identifying Number(s)
['UILU-ENG-87-2002', 'STRUCTURAL RESEARCH SER-532']
Abstract
On 3 March 1985, a major earthquake occurred near the coast of central Chile. The resort city of Vina del Mar is of particular interest from an engineering standpoint because approximately 400 moderate-rise reinforced concrete buildings and a strong-motion instrument were located in the city. The geology and seismicity of the Vina del Mar region, the development of seismic design provisions in Chile, and the ground motion records from the 1985 earthquake are described in the report. The structural characteristics of and damage in thirteen reinforced concrete buildings in Vina del Mar and Valparaiso are also described.
Keywords
; Buildings; Earthquake engineering; Seismic design; Earthquakes; Reinforced concrete; Chile