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The Increasing Importance of Earthquake Monitoring, Recording and Emergency Shutdown Systems in Industrial Environments.
By: Owen Widdecombe, President, ESS and, Rod Merrill, Technical Director, AGB
 
"Over the past several decades, significant advances in earthquake engineering and research related to structural hazard mitigation have been made and recently, industry has applied associated technologies to mitigate non-structural hazards, including the threat to human life, safety and financial loss."
 
Introduction.
By definition, non-structural damage relates to a facility’s communications, mechanical systems, utilities lifelines, machinery, process lines, hazardous materials etc.
 
Considerable post-earthquake damage may be caused by flooding, fire, explosion, hazardous material release, gas leaks and other non-structural failures. Very often, non-structural failures can result in serious bodily injuries and death.
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