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Seismic Vulnerability Of Historical Adobe Buildings In The Coast Of Peru

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR090401

Volume

109

Pages

9

Page Range

455 - 463

Published

2009

Size

3,486 kb

Author(s)

C. Cuadra

Abstract

This paper attempts to describe the structural conditions of the historical adobe buildings that are located in the coast of Peru, which is a zone of high seismic activity. The seismicity of the zone is discussed through an earthquake hazard analysis and the importance of action towards the protection of heritage architecture is emphasized. It is noted that the state of general disrepair and the intrinsic weakness of the earthen constructions add to the seismic vulnerability of this kind of heritage architecture. Besides, the repair after actual damage or destruction from earthquakes, even when timely undertaken, may lead to alteration of the valuable originality of heritage structures, owing to the unavailability of materials or skill from the time of the original constructions. The need for initiatives towards preventive actions for protection from damages and prevention of collapse due to earthquake disasters appears quite evident. Keywords: adobe constructions, earthquake hazard, seismic vulnerability, Peru, world heritage.

Keywords

adobe constructions, earthquake hazard, seismic vulnerability, Peru, world heritage