PROPOSAL ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT PLAN OF SAUDI ARABIA BASED ON EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE ESTIMATION OF TABUK CITY
Supervisor: Kenji OKAZAKI
Country: Saudi Arabia
In this study, the earthquake damage in Tabuk city in Saudi Arabia, which is prone to earthquake disaster, has been estimated by using the RADIUS (Risk Assessment tool for Diagnosis of Urban Areas against Seismic Disaster) program regarding two proposed scenario earthquake, with magnitude 7.3 and magnitude 7.8 and the epicenter distance of about 190 km as same as Al-Aqaba Earthquake (magnitude 7.3) in 1995, which caused severe damage to the area. The result shows that the number of causalities will be approx. 1,460, injured 14,700, and that 49,800 buildings, 33 % of the total buildings, will be damaged because many old buildings lack seismic design. Based on the damage estimation, the earthquake damage scenario of Tabuk city has been also developed. Then, this study reviewed the government disaster management plans in Saudi Arabia, taking into consideration the result of damage estimation and damage scenario of the Tabuk city. In addition, the author made recommendations for the government. Saudi Arabia government needs to review the disaster management plans, and all the government authorities should be prepared for a potential earthquake in the near future.
|Citation: ||Bulletin of IISEE, 42, 103-108.|