Title: Field Investigation on the Performance of Building Structures During the 12 May 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake in China
Authors: ZHAO BinTAUCER FabioROSSETTO Tiziana
Citation: ENGINEERING STRUCTURES vol. 31 no. 8 p. 1707-1723
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC48826
ISSN: 0141-0296
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2009.02.039
DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2009.02.039
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A devastating earthquake struck the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan on 12 May 2008, leaving 69,227 dead and 374,643 injured, with 17,923 people still missing five months after the main event. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in Wenchuan County, which triggered a fault rupture length of about 300 km, stretching northeast through Beichuan County and reaching Qingchuan County; many towns on both sides of the fault were severely destroyed, reaching an earthquake damage intensity of XI. This paper presents the findings of a post-earthquake reconnaissance field mission carried out by the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (The Institution of Structural Engineers, UK) and by the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, through the description of the damage sustained by three of the towns that suffered the largest levels of devastation: Yingxiu Town of Wenchuan County, Beichuan Town of Beichuan County, and Hanwang Town of Shifang City. The work focuses on the description of building performance during and after the disaster, in particular of reinforced concrete frame, reinforced concrete confined masonry, unreinforced and unconfined masonry, industrial, local vernacular and historical buildings. The information and recommendations provided in this paper will be useful for future engineering applications in similar earthquake risk regions.
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