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Earthquake Preparedness Planning

Minor earthquakes occur frequently in the New Madrid Zone, and it is only a matter of time before a damaging earthquake occurs. Interest and awareness has increased in St. Louis and the Southeastern Missouri area since Iben Browning announced the possible occurrence...

Earthquake Devastates Philippines

On July 16, 1990 at 4:26 p.m. local time, a severe earthquake registering 7.7 on the Richter scale struck the northern Philippines. The earthquake caused damage over a region of about 7700 square miles, extending northwest from Manila through the densely populated...

Velcro Given High Marks in San Francisco

Last January, DRJ published a product profile on VELCRO (R)’s new specialty fastener, tagged Quake/Grip TM, which was rapidly becoming visible in corporate and government offices. Developed in prototype by Pacific Bell, Quake/Grip is a high-strength, flexible...

Schwabs Success Story

SAN FRANCISCO—Still basking in the success of his firm’s complete recovery from the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, Jeffery Lyons, Disaster Recovery Planner for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., recently agreed to an interview with DISASTER RECOVERY JOURNAL....

Preparing For Earthquakes

Earthquakes. We have been hearing a lot about them recently and we will undoubtedly hear more. Geologists warn that we are in a period of increased seismic activity and that significant earthquakes are likely to occur throughout the United States before the turn of...

The San Francisco Earthquake

At 7:00 P.M. October 18, 1989, I sat down to watch the World Series, as many others did, when suddenly the channel went off the air. Soon thereafter came a message stating that San Francisco just had an earthquake. As time went on, they announced that the quake...

Special Report: The Kobe Quake

At 5:46 am on January 17, 1995, western Japan was rocked by the most destructive earthquake to hit the region. The devastation was the worst in the port city of Kobe, where the 7.2 magnitude quake toppled roadways, wrecked docks, severed communication lines and kept...

Measuring an Earthquake

The “size” of earthquakes is commonly expressed in two ways – magnitude and intensity. Magnitude is a measure of the total energy released during an earthquake. It is determined from a seismogram, which plots the ground motion produced by seismic...

About Earthquakes

There are two kinds of hazards during an earthquake – natural and man-made. In the Midwest, natural hazards include ground- shaking; cracks and uplifts; liquefaction, which is a process of firm soil becoming a viscous semi-liquid that resembles quicksand or...

The Great Hanshin Earthquake

Much like the year prior, a major earthquake has changed the lives of tens of thousands of people and impacted literally hundreds of businesses within a heavily populated area. Unlike Northridge, the great Hanshin earthquake represents a disaster that has caused major...

Special Report: The Quake of 1994

Monday, January 17, I woke to find that a major earthquake jolted southern California. While watching television, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC, the announcers explained. "At 4:31 A.M. PST January 17, 1994, the San Fernando Valley was hit by a huge earthquake."...

A Profile of Velcros New Fastener

We received a letter from a subscriber, wanting information on Velcro fasteners. The following is what we found, and might be of interest to most of you. When asked, we will attempt to locate information on products for you.Machine and equipment fasteners can be an...

Earthquake Protection for Data Systems

Evidence from U.S and foreign earthquakes clearly shows that data processing facilities and systems are exposed to many types of damage. This includes the loss of power, cooling, and other services, overturning of equipment, failure of raised floors, spillage of...