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In New Zealand, the quake destroyed many buildings of the types that California officials have long said are most vulnerable in a major temblor: Older unreinforced brick buildings and concrete-framed office buildings erected in the 1960s and ’70s. There are thousands of such buildings in the state, and many have not been retrofitted … Continue reading
The damage shows that a sharp earthquake in a highly vulnerable area can get the better of strong seismic safety codes. “If the dart lands right on you, it generates intense shaking and a lot of buildings that we think are safe turn out to not be safe,” said Susan Hough, seismologist with … Continue reading
The severity of the damage appears to be due to a combination of the earthquake coming from a previously unknown fault that runs beneath the city from the nearby Alpine fault, and the violence of the shaking because the city rests on damp sediments. via New Zealand earthquake: buildings failed when ground turned … Continue reading
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