Soil Liquefaction

in the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan, Earthquake


 Dr. Hsein Juang, Clemson University, SC

Sponsored by

 National Science Foundation

(Grant No. CMS-0085143)


  • Liquefaction Damage

  • Study Areas

  • Ground Motion Records

  • In-situ Test Data

  • Liquefaction Album

  • Related Publications

  • References Cited

  • About the STUDY

    In the early morning (01:47 local time) of September 21, 1999, the largest earthquake of the century in Taiwan (Mw = 7.6, ML = 7.3) struck this island (the epicenter was near Chi-Chi).  The earthquake killed more than 2400 persons and caused a great destruction to buildings, bridges, dams, highways, and railways.  One of the causes for heavy damages to the structures was soil liquefaction and ground settlement during the earthquake.  In this study, case histories of liquefaction were collected and soil liquefaction were investigated.  

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