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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The next giant quake: It’s coming and here’s how

Jim Cudney retrieves a friend’s purse from their van, which was crushed by falling bricks during the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. California started mandating retrofits of old brick buildings decades ago, but the Northwest lags behind. Seattle, which has an inventory of at least 800, may soon require some upgrades. There are an estimated 10,000 old brick buildings in Portland and Vancouver B.C. combined.