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User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

If you haven't heard, Atlanta expirenced a rare wake up call this morning in the form of a 4.9 earthquake.

SO, my question is how do airports and airlines deal with:
1) minor earthquakes
2) "average earthquakes"
3) severe earthquakes

for 1 & 2, assume that there is no damage to the airport


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User currently offlineDouglas DC-9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 304 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

I think that each quake is different, and airports deal with them as they need to. I mean the parked planes sure as hell aren't going anywhere, and aircraft on takeoff will not have to stop because they will be off the ground soon enough, and aircraft landing should be alright. If I owned an airport and there was an earthquake going on after the quake I would just check for terminal, and hanger damage. I would keep operations as is.

Douglas DC-9-81

User currently offlineTrent_800 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

My main priority would be making sure that everyone is ok. Planes can be replaced, people cant. As for Aircraft taking off i would tell everyone that is taxing and pilots that are on takeoff roll before V1 to stop immediatly. As i dont think that aircraft makers account for acts of god whilst designing aircraft (apart form lightning and weather, you know what i mean)  Big grin
Planes that are landing or are on approach i would ask to divert to another airport as the quake might have damaged the runway. But im no Airport boss they probabally have contingency plans for that type of occurance.

User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2456 times:

Youi can find out a little about the Bay Area's procedures at the links on these pages. Not complete, but a starting point.


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User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined exactly 17 years ago today! , 6886 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2447 times:
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I was flying form MIA to SAL Jan 2001. We were about 1 hour from landing in SAL, when the pilot informed us that a major earthquake had hit the country and that we had been instructed to return to Miami. The airport had been closed and the control tower had been evacuated. We made a 180 turn and headed back to MIA. It was very unnerving to see people getting worried and crying all the way back.

The airport was re opened maybe a day later, luckily only cosmetical damage occured and international aid had a way of arriving. Exactly 1 month later another eartquake hit the country again.

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User currently offlineJmacias34 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

In addition the tower is usually evacuated and an inspector usually takes a look at it. Tower handles the immediate traffic (on final, or departing). I think everybody on approach receives holding instructions or is diverted until the tower has been considered safe. These procedures are really for major earthquakes.

User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

anyone knows what happened in ATL airport (if they felt anything)

its wierd, one person felt it while another felt nothing!

User currently offline242 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 498 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

I was on board a 757 at a gate during the quake. Didn't feel a thing.

User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3378 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

It happened at 4:57am Eastern time. Most people were asleep, like myself, but woke up not knowing what woke them up.

User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2889 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

I was working in the hangar when it happened. No one felt it in our building. We found out when the dayshift guys told us about it.

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