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Charlie

Does Seattle have an ordinance for the retrofit of URM buildings?

Thanks
Ben


	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Charlie Griffes [SMTP:charlie(--nospam--at)ctengineering.com]
	Sent:	Wednesday, February 28, 2001 1:32 PM
	To:	'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
	Subject:	RE: 6.2+ earthquake in Seattle

	Well, we seem to have survived well enough at CT Engineering in
Seattle.
	Our 3 story wood frame building rolled around for awhile, our
drawing file
	drawers fell over, but the bookcases stayed put ( I did have my hand
on my
	bookcase as it was showing signs of falling over).  No gypboard wall
cracks,
	no ceiling tiles fell in our office, but some fell in adjacent
office.
	Employees were reasonably aroused, but have settled down now.  Most
are off
	to check their homes for damage. 

	The older buildings in Pioneer Square apparently suffered damage
with
	masonry walls failing.  We have one engineer off to an architects
office to
	examine some beams which were displaced and 1/4" cracks in the
unreinforced
	masonry infill walls.  I have heard of some road closures, one of
which is
	due to some grating that fell out.

	Charlie Griffes

	> -----Original Message-----
	> From:	Samir Ghosn [SMTP:sghosn(--nospam--at)harris-assoc.com]
	> Sent:	Wednesday, February 28, 2001 12:14 PM
	> To:	seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
	> Subject:	Re: 6.2+ earthquake in Seattle
	> 
	> News
	> It has been reported on CNN that the magnitude is 7.0  The CNN
clip shows
	> people in panic.  Is there any body in Seatlle that can give more
info on
	> what is the extent of Damage being reported localy??
	> Samir Ghosn, P.E.
	> Harris & Associates
	> At 11:34 AM 2/28/2001 -0800, you wrote:
	> >   News being shown in So. Cal. shows alot of used  brick in the
streets
	> >from the unreinforced brick buildings. 
	> >Williston "Bill" L. Warren, IV -  S.E.
	> >Structural Engineering SOLutions
	> >Newport Beach,  California         
	> 
	>