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Re: Building on Fault Lines and SF Earthquake
- To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: Re: Building on Fault Lines and SF Earthquake
- From: "S. Gordin" <mailbox(--nospam--at)sgeconsulting.com>
- Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2006 16:19:46 -0700
Thanks for sharing the article.
The story about the "Great Fire" euphemism is amazing, and has many
parallels in the modern world of political correctness and big business
Going back to the origin of this
thread, the renovated Embarcadero sitting on the 1909 fill is as much of a
structural risk as a large housing development sitting right on a
The example in the article about Kobe
residents still living in trailers may force at least some politician or
homeowner to pay attention to the problem.
Fat chance, though.
Steve Gordin SE
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 1:05
Subject: Re: Building on Fault Lines and
This just came in from the SEAONC with a request to pass it
Amidst all of the recent media coverage of the 1906 Earthquake
Fire, an article that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle's
Section over the weekend is right on the money from our point of
You can read the Chronicle article at the following link:
Please read it and share it with your colleagues and
SEAONC's '06 Centennial Committee"
At 08:32 AM 4/18/2006, Paul Feather
Oh, In addition to
my previous comments, there is one aspect that is often over-looked but can
have substantial impact on building adjacent to a fault
Other than single family or small
developments, any building or development of size will usually have a PML
(Probable Maximum Loss) study requirement as part of the financing.
This will usually include a peer review of the proposed structure for
seismic performance evaluation, and getting a favorable PML can dictate
building type and design requirements more so than the
Paul Feather PE, SE
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- From: GSKWY(--nospam--at)aol.com
- To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
- Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 5:25 AM
- Subject: Building on Fault Lines
- What restrictions do California (and other
states) have as far as building near fault zones?
- I.e. is there a minimum required distance through the nominal
- Is there a restriction on the type of construction within a certain
distance of the fault line? I.e. you can't build a nuclear reactor
on top of a known fault line?
- When did restrictions start going into place?
- When existing buildings are renovated / converted does there distance
to a fault line become an issue?
- What document / code are there requirements/restrictions contained in?
- At what level of government (city / county / state) is this type of
- Gail Kelley