Anchorage Building Codes Credited for Limited Damage After Quakes

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Why the latest Alaska earthquake didn't wreak more destruction.

January 8, 2019
Christine Kilpatrick - Engineering News-Record

The magnitudes 7.0 and 5.7 earthquakes that struck Anchorage, Alaska, on Nov. 30 shook buildings and shattered highways, but caused limited structural damage and no reported loss of life, mostly due to the depth and location of the quake’s epicenter, as well as the city and state’s stringent building requirements.

Ms. Kilpatrick may be contacted at kilpatrickc@enr.com



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