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URMs – no, not Urban Renaissance Men – Unreinforced masonry buildings are typically responsible for a large fraction of the deaths in earthquakes. However, as the Seattle Times pointed out in a series of articles last weekend, there is no plan to deal with these “Buildings that kill.” Indeed, many people live and work in these buildings without even knowing they are in danger.

Come find out why URMs are so dangerous and how other cities and states have dealt with the problem. After a short presentation we will go see an URM building on campus and then visit the brand new Building 24B to show how buildings can be made resistant to seismic shaking.

Presenter: Dr. Eric Baer (Geology)

Location: Building 3, Room 102

Note: Students wishing to register for Science Seminar may take it for credit as Ge Sc 190/1 (items 6080 and 6082 respectively).