These kinds of things are what holds up Frisco’s State Building in Civic Center:
Normally you can’t see them, but Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP designed a nice window for at least one:
Head on up to our Randall Museum to see other outside of the box / 20-sided truncated icosahedron ideas on earthquake safety.
From the source, the “Barier” people:
“Is your present house OK? Is it strong enough to endure a great earthquake or flood to be caused by global warming? Barier offers a safe, living space, a multi-functional, elegant and playful space, emphasizing each individual personality.
Barier is a soccer ball-shaped house developed by us (international patent pending). A soccer ball with which you played in your childhood gets bigger like a dream ball and appears as a place to live in. It floats on the sea and can be a rescue ship. We believe it will be a gift to those who never give up a dream.”
If you’d look inside of this crib in the Marina Landfill, you’d see a whole lot of nothing, just parking space for cars mostly.
Prolly wasn’t a good idea to put up these kinds of buildings in the Marina, but oh well…
Thursday 10/17 marks the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake in northern California.
NYTimes.com and Retro Report teamed up to create this documentary-style video of the 1989 earthquake that shook San Francisco and sent out a wake-up call that continues to echo across the country.
Retro Report looks back at the major stories that shaped the world using fresh interviews, analysis and compelling archival footage.
Certainly, it’s well-produced:
“The massive crane is expected to be used during construction of the New Tappan Zee Bridge, a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River in New York State by Tappan Zee Constructors, a consortium of companies that includes American Bridge Company.”
As she appeared last week:
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[Or rather, make that a 4.0 on the Richter, final answer. That was for the afternoon earthquake. This evening’s aftershock at 8:16 PM was a 3.8.]
It felt like a succession of sharp bumps for a few seconds and then there was some generalized shaking – perhaps it all lasted about six seconds.
The Did You Feel It Map:
The initial estimate was a 4.2:
|Depth||9.8 km (6.1 miles)|
|Region||SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA|
|Location Uncertainty||horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)|
|Parameters||Nph= 90, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.18 sec, Gp= 22°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=3