FEMA IS 008.A Building for the Earthquakes of Tomorrow Answer Key


Answer key to FEMA IS 8.A Building for the Earthquakes of Tomorrow: Complying with Executive Order 12699 Test Answers included. We cannot escape the threat of an earthquake, but we can mitigate the damage caused by using building codes that ensure structures that are built to withstand an earthquake. That is the purpose of Executive Order 12699: to prepare our communities. Other guides you may be interested include our FEMA IS 323 Answers Guide, FEMA IS 325 Answers Guide, and FEMA IS 393.B Answers Guide.

Course Overview

Since the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act was passed in 1977, many actions have been taken to improve seismic safety. Executive Order 12699, “Seismic Safety of Federal and Federally Assisted or Regulated New Building Construction,” signed by President Bush in January 1990 is a significant Federal seismic risk reduction action. This Executive Order requires all new Federal, federally assisted, and federally regulated buildings to be appropriately seismic resistant. Among new construction affected are all buildings financed, either partially or fully, with Federal grants or federally guaranteed loans.

Because this Executive Order is so wide reaching, covering everything from single-family dwellings to large Federal complexes across the nation, a training course was needed to provide the tools, information, and planning guidance for those people affected by the Executive Order. The purpose of this course is to provide individuals in State and local governments, and the building and financial industries, with information about the requirements of the Executive Order and how they will be implemented. The course is also intended to provide the student with basic knowledge about earthquakes and how buildings can be built to be safe during an earthquake.

Description from IS 8.A: Building for the Earthquakes of Tomorrow: Complying with Executive Order 12699


Buildings are assigned to Seismic Use Groups on the basis of ______ .
A. community’s need
B. age
C. quality of construction
D. All of the above.

A community that is likely to incur a great deal of damage during an earthquake is referred to as having a high seismic ______________.
A. risk
B. impact
C. cost
D. hazard

Liquefaction occurs when:
A. rivers are created at fault lines.
B. water from a seiche washes away soil.
C. ground motion causes loose, sandy soil to act like a fluid.
D. flooding occurs as a secondary effect of an earthquake.

All faults will cause earthquakes.
A. True
B. False

Seismic waves generally travel much shorter distances on the West Coast than on the East Coast because:
A. communities are better prepared for earthquakes on the West Coast.
B. the soil composition is different in the two regions.
C. earthquakes are more frequent on the West Coast.
D. the earthquakes are of a greater intensity on the East Coast.

A tall building has a longer natural period than a short one.
A. True
B. False

The ideal characteristics for building materials in seismically active areas are ductility and stiffness.
A. True
B. False

The Provisions consider a building’s seismicity and its Seismic Use Group and assign it to a _____________ in order to define its seismic safety requirements.
A. Seismic Design Category
B. Provisions Category
C. Seismic Risk Category
D. Requirements Category

The Richter Scale measures the __________ of an earthquake.
A. impact
B. magnitude
C. frequency
D. speed

Scientists use __________ waves to find an earthquake’s epicenter.
A. surface
B. body
C. Love
D. core

The Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale measures the __________ of an earthquake.
A. impact
B. magnitude
C. frequency
D. speed

If the region in which you live has not experienced an earthquake in 200 years, your earthquake hazard is low.
A. True
B. False

Temporary as well as permanent structures built following a disaster using Federal funds through the Stafford Act must meet the requirements of Executive Order 12699.
A. True
B. False

The NEHRP Provisions addressed effective methods of seismic design and construction of:
A. buildings in high risk areas.
B. buildings in moderate risk areas.
C. buildings in low risk areas.
D. All of the above.

Two of the objectives of NEHRP were to educate the public about earthquake risk reduction and increase the use of existing scientific and engineering knowledge to mitigate earthquake hazards.
A. True
B. False

___________ waves cause most of the damage to the built environment during an earthquake.
A. surface
B. body
C. secondary
D. primary

A building constructed according to the NEHRP Provisions may sustain enough damage during an earthquake that it must be demolished.
A. True
B. False

The NEHRP Provisions provide two seismic hazard maps that contain quantitative measures from which seismic forces on buildings may be determined. Which of the following variables were not considered in developing these maps?
A. Types of structures built in an area
B. Historical seismicity of an area
C. Geological investigations
D. Area’s proximity to known faults

Which of the following is not a horizontal bracing system?
A. Moment-resistant
B. Diaphragm
C. Braced frame
D. Shear wall

NEHRP was created as a result of:
A. Nuclear Regulatory Commission mandate.
B. Executive Order 12699.
C. ICSSC recommendations.
D. Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act.

The owner of a new office building, currently under construction, is going to lease 20 percent of the building’s space to the Federal Government and is therefore subject to the requirements of Executive Order 12699.
A. True
B. False

In order to make the construction of seismically safe buildings economically possible, the ICSSC drafted Executive Order 12699 to mandate that a building should be designed to prevent:
A. damage.
B. collapse.
C. defacement.
D. All of the above.

Which of the following activities may be considered mitigation?
A. Establishment of temporary housing.
B. Emergency medical services to individuals following an earthquake.
C. Adoption of zoning.
D. Post earthquake reconstruction.

Which term refers to powerful ocean waves caused by an earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption on the sea floor?
A. Drift
B. Tsunami
C. Ductile
D. Seiche

A fault is a fracture in the earth’s outer shell, on either side of which rock mass moves ______________.
A. horizontally
B. vertically
C. both horizontally and vertically
D. Any of the above.

When a building and the ground vibrate at the same rate, they resonate and the vibrations______________ .
A. decrease, putting more stress on the building
B. increase, putting less stress on the building
C. decrease, putting less stress on the building
D. increase, putting more stress on the building

All Federal agencies have the same seismic safety standards.
A. True
B. False

What is the clearest indication that your community is seismically safe?
A. Building codes have been in use for years.
B. A recent earthquake occurred and caused no injuries or damage.
C. Your community adopted a recent version of a model building code, including its seismic provisions.
D. Earthquake hazard maps say the seismicity of your State is low.

Earthquake activity can be caused by ___________ movement of plates.
A. convergent
B. divergent
C. lateral
D. All of the above.

Partitions, ceilings, and exterior walls can __________ a building’s vibration.
A. eliminate
B. increase
C. dampen
D. transfer