Protecting Older Buildings From Earthquakes

Mar 25, 2014

The old buildings that give downtown areas character in places like Ashland are often made of brick.  

Ashland's Plaza, lined with pretty buildings with potential seismic issues.
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And there's a potential problem: older buildings made of unreinforced masonry are prone to heavy damage in earthquakes. 

Ashland building officials are beginning to think in terms of seismic renovations to bring older buildings up to current building codes. 

We talk with Ashland's building official about what that process might entail.