Thread: Cali Earthquake

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    Default Cali Earthquake

    I'm watching footage now of a fire in a Bow String truss building, three members on the roof and fire through the skylights...I don't like it.

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    Damn LT

    I bet the three FF's aren't very happy either.... that sucks.

    If the damn fire is through the skylights, isn't the place venting???
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    Bowstring truss = firefighter killer!

    Have we not learned anything from the past bowstring truss incidents.... Waldbaums, Hackensack Ford?
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    Apparently not.... Hope the outcome is good. I have a good friend in San Francisco who is a member of CA-TF8. Sounds like damage is minimal, though so they may not get any work. Thank goodness.
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    When the news about the quake broke this afternoon, I was suprised at how many people implied that it wasn't a big deal. They often said that the earthquake hit an area with low population. What they should have said is that it didn't hit SF or LA... 'cause by looking at the video from the city closest to the epicenter, some of our brothers had plenty of work. There was damage. There were deaths. It's an insult to those people to imply that the quake was not significant.

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    I was suprised at how many people implied that it wasn't a big deal.
    I don't want to sound like one of those "no big deal" people, but really, the ground shakes around here. We had a big one up here in the bay area in the 80's, and a big one down there in Northridge in the '90's. We're all on the same really long earthquake fault called the San Andreas, and it runs under most of the major coastal cities in Cali.

    Yep. Casualties. Very unfortunate. Yep, there's some of our brothers and sisters gettin' some action.

    From what I can tell, most of the damage is limited to a few buildings that were unreinforced masonry buildings. That type of construction is a big no-no around here anymore, and living proof is Hearst Castle, which is reinforced concrete, and sustained little to no damage.

    In my area, after the Loma Prieta quake, if it's unreinforced masonry/concrete, it's off limits until it's upgraded. Big bucks for the property owners, but when it starts shaking again, AND IT WILL, it's worth every penny.

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