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From: FLew98 <FLew98(--nospam--at)>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Thursday, April 16, 1998 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: 25% snow load is Conservative

>In a message dated 98-04-16 15:24:49 EDT, BVeit(--nospam--at)AOL.COM write:
>> As someone has said previously (Lew Midlam?) Where are the bodies?
>>  A recent article in ICBO Bld. Standards, Mar-April '98, clearly,
>>  articulates why 25% of snow is CONSERVATIVE.  It's all Stats 101.
>It's great that this reality-check question has registered with some
>of this listserv, even if it is incorrectly attributed.  The tornadoes last
>week in Arkansas killed about as many people as Northridge or Loma Prieta,
>likely will be forgotten a year from now, whereas Northridge and Loma
>have influenced, and will continue to influence, codes for years to come,
>jack up construction and design costs in the process.  In this century, at
>least several times more deaths have been caused by tornadoes and
>than by earthquakes, yet the bulk of the research on natural hazards
>mitigation in recent years have been on earthquakes.  And, of course, lets
>forget the increased costs for seismic-related design time, structural
>observations, etc., by design professionals.  On a where-are-the-bodies
>with respect to public safety, seismic design should command much less
>construction and design resources than it now gets.
>BTW, I lifted the question from my wife, a chemist and  industrial
>who is a veteran of battles with NIMBYs and no-growthers who foment
>over the effects of minute traces of 'toxic' chemicals in the environment.
>When they raise the safety issue for the umpteenth time at public hearings,
>she on several occasions lost her cool and countered with the politically
>incorrect, but valid, question.  It's equally valid to ask of code writers
>design professionals.
>Frank Lew, SE
>Orinda, CA
>I know this is beside the point, but the tornadoes that killed so many last
week were in Alabama, not Arkansas.