Wed Jul 10, 2019, 12:35 PM

Ridgecrest Earthquake Mystery: Why so Little Destruction from Huge Temblors?

JUL 10, 2019 | 3:00 AM

After major temblors on July 4 and 5, structural engineers descended on Ridgecrest expecting to study destruction from the largest earthquake to hit Southern California in nearly 20 years.

They found relatively little.

Yes, mobile homes were torn off foundations, chimneys fell, gas lines leaked and some homes caught fire. But overall, most buildings did fine — and many businesses were up and running within a day or two of the biggest shock, a magnitude 7.1.

“Ridgecrest, I’m just amazed,” California Earthquake Authority structural engineer Janiele Maffei said of the light damage.

But the outcome in Ridgecrest shouldn’t provide solace to California’s biggest cities.

The Mojave Desert town remained largely unscathed because its building stock was relatively new and remarkably resilient. Many homes are one or two stories, built in the 1980s. It lacks the kind of structures that experts say are most vulnerable in a big quake — unreinforced masonry, brittle concrete, so-called soft story apartments and single-family homes not bolted to their foundations.


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fools_gold Jul 2019 #1
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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 02:09 PM

1. It's been a decade or so since I've been to Ridgecrest/China Lake ....

But back then I don't remember very many skyscrapers.

Modern 3 story buildings in Calif tend to be built for earthquakes.

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Response to fools_gold (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 10, 2019, 04:05 PM

2. This is a question based on pure ignorance and the failure to understand that ignorance.

To begin with Cali has the strictest building codes in the nation to prevent structural damage.

Second, there just was not much there to damage in the first place.

The last is that contrary to what many people in our nation perceive from the media, California is not just one big city stretchering from LA to SF with adjoining beaches to the west. The vast majority of cali is rural with some of it being very remote.

Those who believe in the media, the political propaganda, or posters on this board who post in ignorance about the Golden State, fail to grasp that the state has Mountains in excess of 14,000 feet in elevation, deserts below sea level, takes more than 12 hours do drive at the posted speed limits border to border north to south, has counties larger than LA county with populations under 15,000 residents, has more cattle than 48 states, and the largest agriculture production of any state in the USA.

The only thing that is hated by the residents outside the small physical areas of the cities is that it is run and has been totally ruined by democrats.

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