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By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources, Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics, Committee on the Economic Benefits of Improved Seismic Monitoring

"Improved Seismic tracking - greater Decision-Making" describes and assesses the numerous monetary advantages almost certainly derived from modernizing and increasing seismic tracking actions within the usa. those merits contain more desirable loss avoidance rules and methods, enhanced figuring out of earthquake strategies, larger engineering layout, more beneficial possibility mitigation ideas, and superior emergency reaction and restoration. the commercial ideas that needs to be utilized to figure out power merits are reviewed and the file concludes that even supposing there's inadequate details to be had at the moment to totally quantify the entire power advantages, the yearly buck charges for enhanced seismic tracking are within the hundreds of thousands and the capability annual greenback merits are within the thousands of hundreds of thousands.

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Shoaf. Reproduced by permission of Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. 34 IMPROVED SEISMIC MONITORING—IMPROVED DECISION-MAKING Emergency Response and Recovery Costs The cost of responding to an earthquake disaster can be significant, and in the United States such costs are often shared among local, state, and federal authorities. , safety-tagging), emergency shoring and demolition, and debris removal. A variety of recovery programs exist to facilitate individual, business, and community recovery.

3. A continental-scale seismic observatory (USArray) designed to provide a foundation for integrated studies of the continental lithosphere (the upper 150 km of the earth) and deeper mantle structure over a wide range of scales. USArray is a research network that initially will provide results that complement the ANSS, and a component of this network will ultimately become part of the ANSS. USArray comprises: • a transportable array of 400 portable three-component, broadband seismometers deployed on a uniform grid that will systematically cover the United States (with the exception of Hawaii); • a permanent array of 40 high-quality, three-component seismic stations (the “Backbone Network”) that will remain in place and become part of ANSS; and • a flexible array of approximately 2,400 seismometers (a mix of broadband, short-period, and high-frequency sensors) that will be deployed within the footprint of the larger transportable array to record data for specific geologic targets.

The broad geographic coverage of the URS study would be relevant to only the most serious earthquake possible or if a system failure were triggered analogous to that of the Northeast electricity outage of the summer of 2003. 32 IMPROVED SEISMIC MONITORING—IMPROVED DECISION-MAKING earthquake restoration of utilities enables a timely resumption of normal business operations. Disruptions of utility service and transportation networks due to earthquakes not only impact public safety and a community’s ability to respond immediately after the event, but also affect the longer-term recovery.

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