A Liquefaction Potential Map for Cache Valley, Utah

Randall J. Hill

The current version of this paper can be found at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/etd/4523/


The identification of liquefaction susceptible soil deposits in Cache Valley, Utah and the relative potential that these deposits have for liquefaction were the two main purposes of this study. A liquefaction susceptibility map was developed to outline areas where liquefaction might occur during an earthquake. The susceptibility map was combined with a liquefaction opportunity map to produce a liquefaction potential map for Cache Valley, Utah. The opportunity map for Cache Valley was developed in a companion study, Greenwood (1978).

The development of the susceptibility map and the opportunity map and combining them to form a liquefaction potential map for Cache Valley was based on a procedure developed by Youd and Perkins (1977).

The liquefaction potential map is a general location map and will be a useful tool for preliminary planning by governmental agencies, planners, developers, and contractors. The use of the liquefaction potential map by these various groups will aid them in avoiding possible problem areas for project locations. It will also be a guide for further analysis of specific sites where liquefaction is probable.