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Structure response and damage produced by ground vibration from surface mine blasting.
Siskind-DE; Stagg-MS; Kopp-JW; Dowding-CH
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8507, 1980 Jan; :1-74
The Bureau of Mines studied blast-produced ground vibration from surface mining to assess its damage and annoyance potential, and to determine safe levels and appropriate measurement techniques. Direct measurements were made of ground-vibration-produced structure responses and damage in 76 homes for 219 production blasts. Particularly serious are the low-frequency vibrations that exist in soft foundation materials and/or result from long blast-to-residence distances. Homes with plastered interior walls are more susceptible to blast-produced cracking than modern gypsum wallboard.
Mining-industry; Explosive-hazards; Explosion-damage; Surface-mining
IH; Report of Investigations
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8507
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