Many old California buildings still need quake reinforcement

01/8/2004 | Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

Martinez, Calif., has many old, unreinforced masonry buildings that are vulnerable to earthquakes like the one that hit Paso Robles, collapsing an old building and killing two people. A 1986 California law requires that older buildings be reinforced; so far, a little more than half the 25,500 buildings identified as needing the work have been retrofitted.

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Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

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