Posted by mDEVIL! on June 18, 20 at 22:28:21:
In Reply to: Re: I recall when students voted Banana Slug name in posted by Big Ron on June 18, 20 at 20:39:30:
Crazy time for your colleague and others.
I worked on the 27th floor of a building in the financial district, just after Loma Prieta. I recall being in a couple of smaller quakes on the 27th floor, and looking out my window and feeling this tall building sway from side to side for 10 to 20 seconds. They ere built to flex. It was surreal. I had been in quakes in Southern Cal, including the Northridge Quake in 94, but was on ground level at home, and it was much sharper, no sway. That one was big enough to wake me up and to stand under a door frame.
When in the Bay Area, I went to the beach in Santa Cruz and nearby towns several times, but more often went up to Marin in summer, Stinson Beach, etc, when I lived there.
I found it fascinating how different the damage was from Loma Prieta as a function of whether buildings were on bedrock or fill, and also how differently row houses were affected vs free standing.
In the Marina District, built on fill placed for a World's Fair years ago, the damage was terrible, though all rebuilt much nicer now. The corner units had by far the most damage since all the row houses ere effectively attached & when they swayed the ones on each end would crumble. In most other respects the end units were more desirable.
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