How much should I worry about earthquakes in Seattle?
July 6, 2006 8:23 PM Subscribe
How much should I worry about earthquakes when looking at apartments in Seattle?
posted by clarahamster to Science & Nature (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for a new apartment in Seattle and I far prefer the older buildings to the newer ones, which cost more and tend to include ridiculous amenities I will never use. However, I'm mildly concerned because bad things happen to unreinforced brick buildings in earthquakes
How much protection do I get from the fact that the Juan de Fuca is ~200 miles away from the city? I was in a 7-pointer in LA that happened maybe 150 miles away from the city and the shaking was hard enough to wake most of the dorm up. The Juan de Fuca produces infrequent 9-pointers.
Should I even bother worrying about something that happens every 600 years or so (on average) and would probably destroy a lot of the new construction right along with the old?
What about smaller-but-closer quakes that happen on other faults? Obviously none of the buildings I'm looking at collapsed in the 6.8
they had a few years back. That one was some distance from Seattle but caused damage to unreinforced masonry buildings in Pioneer Square.
I've read through this related question