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Blast vibrations and other potential causes of damage in homes near a large surface coal mine in Indiana.
Siskind-DE; Crum-SV; Plis-MN
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9455, :1-62
The U.S. Bureau of Mines studied seven homes near Evansville, Indiana, that had various degrees of damage that the owners attributed to vibrations from surface coal mine blasting. Researchers monitored vibration and airblast impacts, crack behavior before and after blasts, and dynamic structural responses to blasting and other sources. Level-loop surveys were performed to quantify possible settlement and subsidence. These results were combined with State and coal company measurements to determine if recent vibration characteristics, airblast propagations, or structural responses were typical of results found in historical studies that produced criteria for safe blasting and regulatory limits.
Mining-industry; Coal-mining; Blasting-agents; Explosion-damage; Explosions; Surface-mining; Vibration
Report of Investigations
NTIS Accession No.
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9455
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division