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Enter At Your Own Risk -- But Check The Aftershocks Probabilities

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October 11, 1999
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When is a badly damaged, but stable building safe to enter after an earthquake? That is a question that safety-response and building-department officials have to answer in order to let occupants retrieve important possessions and business records, and to let contractors begin emergency repairs.

When is a badly damaged, but stable building safe to enter after an earthquake? That is a question that safety-response and building-department officials have to answer in order to let occupants retrieve important possessions and business records, and to let contractors begin emergency repairs. The obvious time to stay out of a building is immediately following the earthquake and until the aftershocks subside. But those aftershocks can last for days or weeks, as evidenced by recent large earthquakes in Turkey and Taiwan. And so, the dilemma for earthquake survivors is knowing how soon they can go in and how long they may safely stay in the structure in order to search for survivors and retrieve possessions.


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