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Title
Fire Ignitions from the Whittier Narrows Earthquake of October 1, 1987.
File
PB89148035.pdf
Author(s)
Wiggins, J. H.
Source
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Engineering., November 8, 1988, 63 p.
Identifying Number(s)
REPT-2020.1
Abstract
The purpose of the investigation was to examine the fire ignitions that took place as a result of the Whittier Narrows earthquake and determine ignition rates as a function of Modified Mercalli Intensity. Using this information and a complex fire modeling algorithm, the potential for conflagration can be developed. The objectives of the study were to: (1) count the number of ignitions; (2) describe them as to intensity region and location about the epicenter; and (3) identify the sources of the ignitions, such as electrical, gas, or flammable liquid spills.
Keywords
Conflagration; Graphs (Charts); Earthquakes; Sources; Ignition; Forecasting; Intensity; California; Mathematical models; Los Angeles County (California); Fires; Statistical data; Whittier (California)