Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Civil Engineering

Committee Chair

Shahram Pezeshk

Committee Member

Charles Camp

Committee Member

Charles Camp

Committee Member

Shahram Pezeshk, Charles Camp, Roger W Meier


The goal of this study is to update the study conducted by the Mid-America Earthquake Center (MAEC) in 2008 for five counties in Tennessee. This study focused Dyer, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, and Tipton counties. A program developed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was utilized in this study which is called Hazard United States - Multi-Hazard (Hazus-MH). This study is based on Hazus-MH 5.1. The inventory used in Hazus was updated for essential facilities (fire stations, police stations, schools, and hospitals) and bridges. The essential facilities was updated using a procedure that was developed by the Applied Technology Council (ATC) and is referred to as the Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) method. The method was developed to quickly determine if a structure is at risk of sustaining major damage due to a seismic event. Hazus can utilize user-defined ground motion maps and the predefined database to produce results with five damage categories: none, slight, moderate, extensive, and complete. These damage categories can be used to determine economic losses and estimate whether the damages are structural or nonstructural. The results will then be compared to the Mid-America Earthquake Center (MAEC) report published in 2008 and USGS 2014 Hazards to determine the impact on Dyer, Lake, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Madison counties in West Tennessee.


Data is provided by the student.”

Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.


Open Access