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Review of Earthquake Damages of Aboveground Storage Tanks in Japan and Taiwan

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Shoichi Yoshida

Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan

Paper No. PVP2014-28116, pp. V008T08A022; 9 pages
  • ASME 2014 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 8: Seismic Engineering
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 20–24, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4607-0
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Severe damages in aboveground storage tanks (AST) have been often experienced due to earthquakes in Japan and Taiwan. In this paper, earthquake damages of ASTs which occurred for the last several decades are reviewed. These are damages in the 1964 Niigata Earthquake, the 1978 Miyagi Earthquake, the 1983 Sea of Japan Earthquake, the 1995 Kobe Earthquake, the 2003 Hokkaido Earthquake and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in Japan. Damages of ASTs in the 921 Earthquake in Taiwan are also included in this paper. The damages of ASTs can be classified into 3 types in accordance with the causes. These are the impulsive motion due to a high frequency earthquake, the sloshing motion due to a low frequency earthquake and the tsunami attack. In the impulsive motion, buckling of sidewall plates and uplift of sidewall-to-bottom joints occurred. In the sloshing motion, sinking of floating roofs into liquid and buckling of sidewall-to-roof joints occurred. In the tsunami attack, ASTs moved and overturned to leak oil.

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