Amtrak Earthquake Policy

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Amtrak Earthquake Policy

Postby STrRedWolf » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:13 pm

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake happened near Dover, Delaware.

Amtrak didn't do much of anything publicly. It was barely felt in Baltimore (but noticed and stations are reporting it).

In 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit near Mineral, Virginia.

Amtrak and CSX in the DC area shut down until they could inspect tracks or had trains run at 15 MPH for the length of the run. (This affected MARC hard through the next day because of crew duty times)

Which gets to my main question: At what magnitude does Amtrak do a "stop and inspect" policy for the NEC?
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Re: Amtrak Earthquake Policy

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:09 am

Many highway bridges have undergone seismic retrofitting on the East Coast, but unsure about the NEC structures. On the West Coast, seismic safety is the standard (and norm).
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Re: Amtrak Earthquake Policy

Postby JamesRR » Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:34 pm

After the 2011 earthquake that rattled NYC a little and NJ, service on the NEC (at least in Jersey) was suspended while bridges, etc. were inspected. Didn't last long.

I don't think anything was suspended after this one, but it was felt in Trenton, Philly, parts of NYC.
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