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On Nov 8, 2004, at 9:39 PM, ASC wrote:

But I know for sure that some quakes happen to have some strong
vertical components.
Every nuke plant I've done work for has had a vertical component at least 2/3 as strong as the horizontal components. I have to admit, I'd rather do a full response spectrum analysis of a structure than try to figure out whether building code provisions are appropriate, let alone prudent, then try to figure out which bugger factor applies to what.

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)    | this distance" (last words of Gen.
...................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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