The description is from the recent
tornadoes that hit Middle Tennessee around the Nashville area. This same area was
hit rather hard by tornadoes about 10-15+/- years ago so maybe the author is
expressing a little frustration with a repeat event.
D. Matthew Stuart, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, SECB
Senior Project Manager
Schoor DePalma Engineers and Consultants
200 State Highway Nine
Manalapan, NJ 07726
732-577-9000 (Ext. 1283)
From: Neil Moore
Sent: Thursday, April
20, 2006 1:18 PM
Subject: Re: Letter from
I don't know where this particular incident happened, but this past season, the
TV news has been full of these kind of happenings, even showing houses
"blowing up" by tornado chasers, cryptic comments and all. My
church comment actually comes for a TV view I saw a few years ago where people
had used the modern church as a sanctuary and some were killed. The
unreinforced block was shown.
Look closely at some of the pictures if you can. See the details of
construction - or lack of it. Reflect on "code"
enforcement in some jurisdictions. Know that the "good old
boys" won't let the system be changed. I've often thought that the
insurance companies would step in and try to improve the system.
It's not happened that I'm aware of, but like you, I'm busy with my practice
and my life too.
When you look at these pictures, you certainly realize that life safety in
buildings is still getting short shifted.
Read the article about the San Francisco earthquake that was in
the San Francisco Chronicle this week which was referenced in a earlier email
on this list.
Actually the guy just really said what I've been feeling this past few weeks
after watching the national news. We don't get much of this on the local
news, just the local murder count for the day.
At 09:39 AM 4/20/2006, you wrote:
Okay, but the
question I have is where and when did this happen? I have been busy both
in the office as well as out and haven't seen the news in a week or so.
The newspapers here in town are too liberal for me so I don't subscribe.
I somewhat live in a vacuum.