Thursday, September 25, 2008

Memorial Stadium Could Be Made Earthquake-Safe

By Chris Thompson
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 5:41 AM

From the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that a team of experts may have figured out how to retrofit Memorial Stadium, at least enough to save lives during an earthquake on the Hayward fault. Engineers with the Memorial Stadium project have come up with a design, in which the stadium is divided into blocks, and plastic sheets are inserted underneath each block. As the earth moves during a major quake (and it could move up to six horizontal and two vertical feet, warns the Chron), the stadium won't move with it, because it's no longer anchored to the ground. Huzzah, we suppose, even though the chance of a quake happening during a football game is mathematically remote. The project is expected to cost up to $175 million, but will be raised from private sources.


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