San Francisco ignored building code changes after 1906 quake

04/19/2006 | Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

Despite a conclusion from the U.S. Geological Survey that poor building design contributed to heavy losses in San Francisco's 1906 earthquake, civic leaders at the time decided against implementing tougher building codes. The concern was that the codes would slow reconstruction, and in his book "The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906," author Philip Fradkin says "In the rush to rebuild, San Francisco was denied a safer future."

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