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This is Where You Want To Be on the 102nd Anniversary of San Francisco’s Big Quake

Friday, April 18th, 2008

You know where you want to be the next time a Big One comes? The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed state building in San Francisco’s Civic Center.

Why? Because it’s resting on 288 eight-foot hydraulic seismic dampers. Like this one:

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You see, they’ve helpfully cut a hole in the wall just to show you one. It looks at first as if it’s some kind of sculptured art. Read the sign for details:

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So when the big shake comes, you won’t feel a thing. Hurray!