Hawaii Earthquake Reference Model
The high-resolution KCC Hawaii Earthquake Reference Model incorporates all of the various seismic sources that can cause damaging earthquakes across the Hawaiian Islands
Hawaii Earthquake Snapshot
Hawaii is seismically active, and its unique building inventory is particularly vulnerable to ground motions. During the 2006 magnitude 6.7 Kiholo Bay Earthquake, which ruptured in the lithosphere beneath the northwestern coast of Hawaii Island, the majority of significant structural damage occurred to buildings unique to Hawaii. Post-and-pier foundations, which are constructed using a series of posts that support the building resting on cement blocks, were frequently dislodged from their footings and induced structural damage to residential buildings. KCC engineers developed component vulnerability functions specific to Hawaii in order to account for risk to the unique building inventory.
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