Fire Following Earthquake

Fire Following Earthquake

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Prepared by the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering of ASCE. This TCLEE Monograph covers the entire range of fire following earthquake (FFE) issues, from historical fires to 20th-century fires in Kobe, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Northridge. FFE has the potential of causing catastrophic losses in the United States, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, and other seismically active countries with wood houses. This comprehensive book on FFE and urban conflagrations provides state-of-the-practice insight on unique issues, such as large diameter flex hose applications by fire and water departments. Topics include: History of past fires; Computer modeling of fire spread in the post-earthquake urban environment; Concurrent damage and fire impacts for water, power gas, communication and transportation systems; Examples of reliable water systems built or designed in San Francisco, Vancouver, Berkeley, and Kyoto; Use of large diameter (5 in.) and ultralarge diameter (12 in.) flex hose for fire fighting and water restoration; and Cost-effectiveness of various FFE mitigation strategies, with a detailed benefit-cost model. Water utility engineers, fire fighting professionals, and emergency response planners will benefit from reading this book.Wireline and wireless telephone companies maintain trouble call centers where service problems can be reported. ... As a result, there has been no structural damage to this equipment in earthquakes if it is installed in accordance with ... offices and mobile telephone exchanges (the wireless equivalent of a central office) so that a cell-phone user can call a person on a wireline telephone, and vise versa.

Title:Fire Following Earthquake
Author: Charles Scawthorn, John M. Eidinger, Anshel Schiff
Publisher:ASCE Publications - 2005-01-01

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