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  • 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake
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    Earthquakes in California are certainly not a surprise. What is a surprise is their unpredictability and randomness. Geologists say there is roughly a 50 percent chance that a magnitude 8 or more quake will hit the Los Angeles area sometime over the next 30 years. And, over the past twenty years, the Los Angeles area has witnessed several earthquakes, and in particular, two that were quite devastating; the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, and the January 17, 1994, Northridge Earthquake. Given the c...
  • 15th Floor From A Downtown Seattle Building
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    THE ROLLING QUAKE hit about 10: 55 a.m. and sent people pouring out of Seattle City Hall and from skyscrapers throughout the city as it continued for nearly 30 seconds before subsiding. Windows shattered in some buildings and debris and bricks loosened from buildings cascaded onto sidewalks and some city streets. Frightened residents said they could hear metal grinding as the citys famed Space Needle rocked to-and-fro, though the buildings owner later said it apparently came through the quake un...
  • Of The Damaged Buildings In Kobe
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    The January 17, 1995 Kobe Earthquake An EQE Summary Report, April 1995 Executive Summary execsumm / ex 1-600. gifexecsumm / ex 1-600. gif On the first anniversary of the moment magnitude (MW) 6.7 1994 Northridge Earthquake, Kobe, Japan was struck by an MW 6.9 earthquake. Both earthquakes struck in the pre-dawn hours, both ruptured beneath densely populated areas, and both caused horrible damage. Yet in Kobe there were many more deaths, financial losses dwarfed those in Northridge, and the amount...
  • Risk From An Earthquake
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    Geography, Kobe Assessment In January 1995 a road connecting Kobe with Osaka collapsed during the most deadly earthquake to hit Japan since 1923. The quake ignited firestorms and caused massive destruction in Kobe. 5,000+people were killed and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. Kobe was at risk from an Earthquake because buildings in central Kobe were structured with computer control and they were made to adjust to the earth's movement. The Hyogo-ken Nabu earthquake was not only powerful ...
  • Your Buildings Insurers
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    Glossary: Subsidence - warning signs Subsidence depends on the soil on which a house is built and on the age of the property. Those built before 1960 are likely to be more vulnerable because foundations tend to be shallower. Trees can also add to the problem, taking moisture from the soil and stretching their roots into your foundations in their search for water. The most thirsty are oak, elm, ash, poplar and willow. A good-sized tree may drain a tanker-full of water a month from the soil in hot...
  • Damaged Call The Water Company
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    Check for dangers in the home: ? store breakable objects such as glass and china in low, and closed cabinets.? repair any cracks in ceilings or foundations? check electrical wiring and gas connections? keep pesticides, weed killers, and other flammable in closed cabinets on the bottom shelves Know where the safe spots are in every room: ? should be away from windows, mirrors, pictures, anywhere where glass could shatter, heavy bookcases, and heavy furniture Make sure family members know what to ...

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