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ERIC Number: ED539454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Earthquakes and Schools
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Earthquakes are low-probability, high-consequence events. Though they may occur only once in the life of a school, they can have devastating, irreversible consequences. Moderate earthquakes can cause serious damage to building contents and non-structural building systems, serious injury to students and staff, and disruption of building operations. Major earthquakes can cause catastrophic damage, including structural collapse and massive loss of life. Those responsible for school safety must understand and manage these risks, particularly risks that threaten the lives of students, teachers, and staff. This paper describes the risk factors of earthquakes at school and offers measures that can help reduce or avoid earthquake injuries and damage. Appended are: (1) Reducing Nonstructural Hazards in Schools; (2) An Overview of Earthquake Damage to U.S. Schools; and (3) The School as Earthquake Shelter. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. 1090 Vermont Avenue NW Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 888-552-0624; Tel: 202-289-7800; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; California; Montana; Washington