FEMA IS-8.A Answers

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The Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 led to improvements in seismic safety, and in 1990, President Bush signed Executive Order 12699 to ensure that all new federal buildings are seismic resistant.

This order applies to all buildings financed by federal grants or loans and a training course was created to help individuals in government and the building and financial industries understand the requirements and implementation of the order.

The course also covers earthquake basics and how to construct buildings to be safe during an earthquake.

FEMA IS-8.A: Building for the Earthquakes of Tomorrow: Complying with Executive Order 12699 Answers

adoption of zoning
which of the following activities may be considered mitigation?
a community that is likely to incur a great deal of damage during an earthquake is referred to as having a high
Earthquake hazards reduction act
NEHRP was created as a result of
all of the above
in order to make the construction of seismically safe buildings economically possible, the ICSSC drafted Executive Order 12699 to mandate that a building should be designed to prevent
all of the above
the NEHRP Provisions addressed the effective methods of seismic design and construction of
scientists use —– waves to find an earthquake’s epicenter
—–waves cause most of the damage to the built environment during an earthquake
all of the above
earthquake activity can be caused by —- movement of plates
Both horizontally and vertically
a fault is a fracture in the earth’s outer shell, on either side of which rock mass moves
the soil composition is different in the two regions
seismic waves generally travel much shorter distances on the West Coast than on the East Coast because
the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale measures the —- of an earthquake
the Richter Scale measures the — of an earthquake
ground motion causes loose, sandy soil to act like a fluid
liquefaction occurs when
which term refers to powerful ocean waves caused by an earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption on the sea floor
increase, putting more stress on the building
when a building and the ground vibrate at the same rate, they resonate and the vibrations
partitions, ceilings, and exterior wall can —- a building’s vibration
which of the following is not a horizontal bracing system
types of structures built in an area
the NEHRP Provisions provide two seismic hazard maps that contain quantitative measures from which seismic forces on buildings may be determined. Which of the following variables were not considered in developing these maps
community’s need
buildings are assigned to Seismic Use Groups on the basis of
Seismic Design category
the provisions consider a building’s seismicity and its Seismic Use Group and assign it to a —- in order to define its seismic safety requirements
Earthquake hazard maps say the seismicity of your state is low
What is the clearest indication that your community is seismically safe
if the region in which you live has not experienced an earthquake in 200 years, your earthquake hazard is low
two of the objectives of NAHRP were to educate the public about earthquake risk reduction and increase the use of existing scientific and engineering knowledge to mitigate earthquake hazards
the owner of a new office building, currently under construction, is going to lease 20 percent of the building’s space to the Federal Government and is therefore subject to the requirements of Executive order 12699
all federal agencies have the same seismic safety standards
temporary as well as permanent structures built following a disaster using Federal funds through the Stafford Act must meet the requirements of Executive order 12699
a building constructed according to the NEHRP Provisions may sustain enough damage during and earthquake that it must be demolished
all faults will cause earthquakes
a tall building has a longer natural period than a short one
the ideal characteristics for building materials in seismically active areas are ductility and stiffness


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