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Mid-Continent Earthquakes and Their Effect on Concrete Structures Disasters come in many shapes sizes and forms yet all are detrimental to people and structures of all types The most terrifying of all disasters are natural disasters the force of nature is rivaled by no man made disaster One of the natural disasters that has terrorized as well as fascinated humans through out history is the earthquake Most earthquakes are associated with areas such as Southern California or China but the most detrimental aspect of disaster is the element of suprise In this case areas such as Central North America and North Turkey have been visited by the violent shock of a mid-continent earthquake These earthquakes are violent and cause mass amounts of structural damage and total destruction of many structures Concrete being a very brittle material is affected greatly during an earthquake but through technology many advancements have been made to compensate for the damaging effects caused by an earthquake This paper will discuss mid-continent earthquakes of the past their effect on concrete structures problems effecting concrete structures and alternative materials and solutions to bypass those problems during future earthquakes Mid-Continent Earthquakes A series of earthquakes occurred between December 1811 and February 1812 in the New Madrid Seismic Zone which is in the Mississippi River Valley These earthquakes may have been caused by a series of buried faults and anomalous rock formations that formed 500 million years ago when tectonic forces tried and failed to split North America in two This structure known as the Reelfoot Rift is the zone of weakness that could account for the earthquakes during this period Reducing Losses 1995 This series of earthquakes was characterized by ground warping fissuring severe landslides and caving stream banks An area of over 600000 square kilometers was damaged during the 1811-1812 period of earthquakes USGS 2000 During the earthquakes ground shaking occurred as the land moved up and
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