The Evolution of Managing Seismic Risk in Urban Centers after the Loma Prieta and Northridge Earthquakes: Changes in California Authorities and Federal Statutes

Mark White

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Building 3, Rambo Auditorium
Mehmet Celebi

After 1994, what legal elements have evolved to induce owners to improve the seismic performance of their high-rises in urban centers?

First, the performance target for high-rises has expanded from preventing loss of life during foreseeable earthquakes to reduction of property damage. See, e.g., the NEHRP legislation signed into law on December 11, 2018.

A second evolutionary incentive for owners to improve seismic performance is the strengthening of the owner’s duty to protect the personal and property interests of third parties. See, e.g., the Millennium litigation.

A third evolutionary incentive is the strengthening of the owner’s duty to assess whether planned or existing facilities suffer from vulnerabilities that would yield substandard performance during a foreseeable earthquake.

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