Lessons in bridge damage learned from the Wenchuan earthquake

W. Phillip Yen, Genda Chen, Mark Yashinski, Youssef Hashash, Curtis Holub, Wang Kehai, Guo Xiaodong

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A strong earthquake occurred in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, China, on May 12, 2008. Shortly after the earthquake, the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center of the Federal Highway Administration, in partnership with the Research Institute of Highways, the Ministry of Communication of China, led a reconnaissance team to conduct a post-earthquake bridge performance investigation of the transportation system in the earthquake affected areas. The U.S. transportation system reconnaissance team visited the area during July 20-24, 2008. This paper presents the findings and lessons learned by the team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-285
Number of pages11
JournalEarthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Bridge engineering
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Post earthquake investigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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