[extropy-chat] A sad day

Russell Wallace russell.wallace at gmail.com
Mon Oct 10 17:55:20 UTC 2005

On 10/10/05, aiguy at comcast.net <aiguy at comcast.net> wrote:
> And I wonder if our modern architecture and building materials used in US
> major cities would have held up much better in that strong of a quake.

They stood up well in the big California earthquake back in the early 90s.
The key is to either stick to wood (traditional Japanese construction
presumably for that reason) or go all the way to steel frame - use resilient
materials, don't use brick/concrete load-bearing walls. Doesn't cut the
death toll to zero in the event of a big quake, but it does reduce it by
orders of magnitude.

- Russell
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