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The Northridge earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley area in greater Los Angeles at 4.30 a.m. on Monday 17th January 1994. It resulted in 57 deaths and 9,000 injuries and damage estimated at 15-30 billion dollars, making it the most expensive natural disaster ever to occur in the United States. Ten days after the tremor, the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) sent a group of experts to carry out a technical assessment of the earthquake's effects. EEFIT is drawing up a report which will contain contributions from each member of the group. The Italian members of EEFIT were assigned the task of determining the behaviour of technically significant buildings. The paper comprises the Italian contribution to EEFIT's final report and includes information gathered on the overall effects of the earthquake and on the behaviour of bridges and viaducts.

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Authors: NEGRO P, JRC Ispra (IT);INDIRLI M, ENEA, Bologna (IT);BONACINA G, ISMES, Bergamo (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: GLIS (Gruppo di Lavoro Sismico) (1994) No. 1, p. 4
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