Earthquake disaster response planning

An engineering overview


  • Karl V. Steinbrugge University of California, Berkeley, USA



In the United States, one increasingly important role for engineers, along with related earth scientists, is to give substantial assistance in the formulation of public policy as it relates to earthquake hazard reduction. Foremost at this writing are the efforts by engineers, scientists, and others found in "Meeting the Earthquake Challenge", being the final report to the Legislature of the State of California by its Joint Committee on Seismic Safety (reference 1). Enacted legislation has broken new ground in public policy, with some examples as they affect engineering mentioned in later sections of this paper (reference 2).


"Meeting the Earthquake Challenge". Final Report to the Legislature, State of California, by the Joint Committee on Seismic Safety, Senator Alfred E. Alquist, chairman. 223pp, 1974.

"Earthquake Hazard and Public Policy in California", by Karl V. Steinbrugge and Carl B. Johnson. American Society of Civil Engineers National Structural Engineering Meeting, April 9-13, 1973, meeting preprint 2009. (Reprinted in "Journal of Professional Activities, Proc. A.S.C.E., Vol. 99, No. PP4, Oct. 1973.) DOI:

"A Study of Earthquake Losses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Data and Analysis". (A report for the Office of Emergency Preparedness by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of Department of Commerce), 220 pp., 1972 .

"A Study of Earthquake Losses in the Los Angeles, California Area". (A report for the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of Department of Commerce), 331 pp., 1973.

"Computer Simulation of Earthquake Hazard", by Don G. Friedman, in "Geologic Hazards and Public Problems, Conference Proceedings", (Office of Emergency Preparedness, conference held in 1969.

"San Fernando Earthquake, February 9, 1971", by K. V. Steinbrugge, E. E. Schader, H. C. Biggiestone, and C. A. Weers. Pacific Fire Rating Bureau, 93 pp. plus map, 1971.

"Studies in Gathering Earthquake Damage Statistics", by Frank E. McClure. (A report for ESSA - Coast and Geodetic Survey) 1967.

"Studies in Seismicity and Earthquake Damage Statistics, 1969" (A report for Department of Housing and Urban Affairs by ESSA of Department of Commerce). "Summary and Recommendations", 23 pp.; "Appendix A", by K. V. Stein- brugge, F. E. McClure, and A. J. Snow, 142 pp.1 "Appendix B", by S. T. Algermissen, J. C Stepp, W. A. Rinehart, and E. P. Arnold, 68 pp.




How to Cite

Steinbrugge, K. V. (1975). Earthquake disaster response planning: An engineering overview. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 8(2), 114–127.