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Free Volume: Collections Impacts from 2011 Earthquake in Washington DC.
This new book might interest some of you, regarding emergency planning
for collections. It is a free download from the URL below.
Some data on earthquake damage to fossil collections.
Unexpected—Earthquake 2011: Lessons to Be Learned.
Smithsonian Contributions to Museum Conservation, number 4, viii + 105
pages, 86 figures, 3 tables, 2014.
Charola, A. Elena, Corine Wegener, and Robert J. Koestler, editors.
This volume brings together nine reports and six short communications
that describe damage and other problems caused for the Smithsonian
Institution by the earthquake that occurred in the Washington, D.C.,
area on 23 August 2011. The first chapter is a summary of the
presentation by Secretary G. Wayne Clough to the Smithsonian community
nearly a month after the event, and the second gives an overview of the
impact that the earthquake had on buildings and collections. The third
chapter describes in detail both damages to and post-seismic
stabilization of the Hempstead House, listed as a historic site on
Smithsonian property in Maryland. The fourth chapter describes some of
the damage to and subsequent conservation of fossils in the National
Museum of Natural History; the next two chapters describe damages
suffered by the Botany–Horticulture Library and the fluid collection
located in this same building. The short communications report whether
damage was suffered in six other Smithsonian museums. Chapter eight
deals with the Smithsonian’s Museum Support Center, describing damage
suffered by collections in the pods of this center as well as the
structure overall and, in particular, its roof, in which many previously
undiscovered leaks were subsequently exposed (over offices and
laboratories) by Hurricane Irene. The final chapter brings together
recommendations for measures to be implemented based on the experience
gained. An epilogue on the need for preparedness for unexpected
emergencies and a bibliography close the volume.
Download it from http://opensi.si.edu/index.php/smithsonian/catalog/book/47