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In Big Quake, Soft-Stories Screwed

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Let's talk even bigger collapses. In the event of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas fault, 2,800 soft-story homes and apartment buildings -- those built on retail and garages -- would be at risk for completely falling apart. About 80 percent would be so damaged as to be unlivable. The good news? A retrofit on each would run a relatively affordable $80,000-$120,000. [SF Examiner]