Has a report been published covering the findings of the scientists and engineers who studied the effects of the San Fernando Valley earthquake of February 9th?
A 254-page book has been published jointly by the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce. It consists of a series of articles prepared by several governmental agencies, universities and private engineering consulting groups. The geographic setting of the earthquake, its damaging effects and many of the geologic features of the ground movement that generated the earthquake are described in the report. It is illustrated with numerous photos, maps and graphs. Although the book deals primarily with geologic and seismologic features of the earthquake, over 40 pages are devoted to detailed descriptions of the damage which occurred to the various concrete structures in the area. The report offers preliminary evaluation of the mechanisms of failure, effects of various structural details and effects of construction methods upon the response of buildings of various types. The information should guide reconstruction as well as provide basic data for further detailed scientific and engineering studies. The report, "The San Fernando Earthquake of February 9, 1971 A Preliminary Report," is published by the USGS and NOAA as U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 733 and may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.