Hazard analysis for a large regional landfill

Edward Kavazanjian, Rudolph Bonaparte, Gary W. Johnson, Geoffrey R. Martin, Neven Matasovic

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


The Eagle Mountain landfill, with a proposed airspace of 510 million cubic meters, will be upon completion one of the largest landfills in the world. Solid waste slopes at the landfill will be up to 350 m in height from toe to crest and the thickness of the solid waste will exceed 200 m. The unprecedented size of the landfill, its seismic exposure, and uncertainty over implementation of new federal regulations made preliminary design and permitting of the facility a challenge. In addressing this challenge, the seismic hazard analysis for the landfill was done using two different approaches: the prescriptive approach contained in Federal regulations and the alternative approach contained in California regulations. Application of the results of these seismic hazard analyses to seismic performance assessment of the landfill demonstrates that neither approach can be unconditionally described as more or less stringent than the other. Both approaches are considered to form the basis for design of a landfill with a high degree of seismic resistance that provides a high level of protection to the environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeotechnical Special Publication
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the Geotechnical Engineering Division of the ASCE in Conjunction with the ASCE Convention - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Oct 23 1995Oct 27 1995


OtherProceedings of the Geotechnical Engineering Division of the ASCE in Conjunction with the ASCE Convention
CitySan Diego, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture


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