NW States Reluctant To Force Retrofits For Buildings That Could Kill In Big Quake

Sep 28, 2017

Last week’s earthquake in Mexico provided another reminder about the risks of poorly reinforced buildings.

Historic brick buildings in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood suffered extensive damage from the 2001 Nisqually Quake.
Credit Liz Roll/FEMA News Photo

According to government studies, there are thousands of older brick and concrete buildings in Oregon and Washington that could collapse in a strong earthquake. Seismic retrofits would likely save lives - maybe even yours. But until now city and state governments in the Northwest have been reluctant to require that of property owners. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.