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1. Harp, Edwin L. & Jibson, Randall W. (1996) Landslides triggered by the 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. Vol. 86 no. 1B S319-S332.
Harp & Jibson’s paper first gives real-world context to their project, talking about the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake. This was helpful to see in order to better understand some of the context for my own project (although the area they look at is in Southern California and I’m focusing mainly on Northern California). Something very interesting about this particular earthquake was an after effect best explained by the resulting landslides in the area. This unusual effect was an outbreak of Valley Fever (disease caused by inhaling airborne spores), which was thought to be carried in the large clouds of dust created by the landslides resulting from the quake. This paper was also helpful in looking at Harp & Jibson’s methods. In order to determine the scale of the landslides that occurred, they used GIS software to digitize and map aerial photographs that were taken the morning after the earthquake. They used this to determine the volume of sediment that was carried down in the slide as well as the resulting slope of the land. This seemed like a really interesting approach to determining the results of what happened to the land after the landslide. Although Harp & Jibson used their GIS mapping skills to determine other details as well, I’m interested in the connection between the aerial photographs and determining the resulting slope of the land after the slides.
2. Perkins, Jeanne B. (2001). The Real Dirt on Liquefaction: A Guide to Liquefaction Hazard in Future Earthquakes Affecting the San Francisco Bay Area. Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). ABAG Publication Number: P01001EQ.
This report is good for a more conceptual understanding of the project I’m taking on. The main purpose of the report is to serve as a means for understanding the liquefaction hazard in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this respect, it provides critical background information (mainly historical) for making my project relevant and meaningful.