Effects of ground failure on bridges, roads, and railroads

Christian Ledezma, Tara Hutchinson, Scott A. Ashford, Robb Moss, Pedro Arduino, Jonathan D. Bray, Scott Olson, Youssef M.A. Hashash, Ramón Verdugo, David Frost, Robert Kayen, Kyle Rollins

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The long duration and strong velocity content of the motions produced by the 27 February 2010 Maule earthquake resulted in widespread liquefaction and lateral spreading in several urban and other regions of Chile. In particular, critical lifeline structures such as bridges, roadway embankments, and railroads were damaged by ground shaking and ground failure. This paper describes the effects that ground failure had on a number of bridges, roadway embankments, and railroads during this major earthquake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S119-S143
JournalEarthquake Spectra
Issue numberSUPPL.1
StatePublished - Jun 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics

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