Application: Natural Gas Networks
Major earthquake events would not only cause a human catastrophe in the region directly damaged, but might also cause extensive harm far outside the earthquake zone by disrupting major infrastructure transmission lines. The New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) is both vulnerable to large earthquakes and is a major conduit for transmission lines from the Gulf of Mexico to the northeastern US. Designing appropriate robustness in this system has the potential to save lives and reduce misery.
New Madrid Seismic Zone Study: Projecting the Consequence of Disruption to Natural Gas Infrastructure: Analysis and Model Development (2009-2010)