Performance of steel structures subjected to fire following earthquake
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Fires following earthquakes are considered sequential hazards that may occur in metropolitans with moderate-to-highly seismicity. The potential for fire ignition is elevated by various factors including damage to active and passive fire protections following a strong ground motion. In addition, damage imposed by an earthquake to transportation networks, water supply, and communication systems, could hinder the response of fire departments to the post-earthquake fire events. In addition, the simultaneous ignitions – caused by strong earthquake – might turn to mass conflagrations in the shaken ...