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Master of Science (MS)


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Loren Runar Anderson


Important public facilities located in Cache Valley, Utah, were studied to assess their exposure to geologic hazards. Also, the level of geotechnical and geologic expertise involved in the siting, design, and construction of critical public facilities was studied. A discussion of several individual facilities, that were exposed to some degree of hazard, was presented to illustrate the nature of the problem.

Earthquake hazards probably constitute the greatest threat to facilities and to the general welfare of the public. Many earthquake hazard mitigation measures were discussed and recommendations were made, based on aseismic design criteria which has been developed for seismically active areas such as California.

A goal of this study was to present information concerning the seriousness of the current geologic hazard situation in Cache Valley, Utah, in an attempt to help generate public interest in understanding and correcting the problem.