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7.8 earthquake could topple high-rises

January 2, 2009 7:01:38 AM PST
The evidence from last November's earthquake drill suggests that about five high-rise steel buildings could topple in a 7.8 quake. The L.A. Times reports that the steel structures sustained less damage than brick ones, but the damage the steel buildings sustained was greater than expected, based on standard design formulas.

One seismologist involved in the shakeout said the results have huge implications because some of the steel high-rises could have 1,000 people in them.


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