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Where in the Mojave Desert?  Not all of the Mojave Desert is in Zone 4.  The
eastern portion is in Zone 3.  See UBC Figure 16-2.  The California Building
Code and SEAOC Blue Books have had better maps defining the zone change with
longitude and county lines.  On the other hand, there are numerous Alquist
Priolo Zones out there with some of the more active faults in California, in the
Western Mojave Desert.  Landers and Ridgecrest have been very seismically active
recently (in case you are not from California).  

Tom Benson
Lowney at Pasadena, CA

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Author: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date:       10/19/98 2:21 PM

I am in the process of developing  design standards for a client's future
capacitor bank foundations located in the Mojave Desert.  I am aware of the
seismic zone 4, ice zone 2 ( 50 year radial ice thickness of 0.4 inches) and
high wind zone considerations however I would appreciate some input.  Thank