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Quantifying The Onset Of Damage For Light Frame Wood Buildings In Induced Earthquakes, Bridger William Baird Jan 2019

Quantifying The Onset Of Damage For Light Frame Wood Buildings In Induced Earthquakes, Bridger William Baird

Civil Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Since 2009, the frequency of (moment) magnitude (M) 3.0 earthquakes and larger in the Central United States, and especially Oklahoma, has risen from an average of 2 per year, to 200-700 per year. This increase in seismicity is a result of the deep injection of large quantities of wastewater from oil and gas activities underground.

In this study, damage to built infrastructure from induced earthquakes is investigated through nonlinear dynamic analysis and probabilistic damage assessment for light-frame wood structures common in Oklahoma. Specifically, we focus here on investigating the smallest magnitude of injection-induced earthquake that may cause damage to ...