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Tsunami design procedures for engineered buildings: A critical review

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© 2018 ICE Publishing. All rights reserved. Tsunamis have the potential to cause enormous loss of life and socio-economic impacts on coastal communities. Central to tsunami risk mitigation is the protection of critical infrastructure and evacuation-designated buildings, which are often necessarily located within tsunami inundation zones. As such, these must be designed to withstand and remain fully or partially operational after a tsunami. Guidance documents for tsunami design of buildings exist in the USA and Japan, including the recent release of the US ASCE 7 chapter 6 on tsunami loads and effects. This paper outlines the key engineering principles of tsunami design of buildings, summarises and compares how these principles are addressed by US and Japanese standards, and outlines considerations not yet covered.

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Author(s): Macabuag J, Raby A, Pomonis A, Nistor I, Wilkinson S, Rossetto T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering

Year: 2018

Volume: 171

Issue: 4

Pages: 166-178

Print publication date: 01/11/2018

Online publication date: 24/09/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0965-089X

ISSN (electronic): 1751-7672

Publisher: ICE Publishing


DOI: 10.1680/jcien.17.00043


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