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Re: East Coast Earthquake 8-23-2011
From: Jay Ashworth <jra () baylink com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:41:01 -0400 (EDT)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Patrick W. Gilmore" <patrick () ianai net>

On Aug 24, 2011, at 8:55 AM, JC Dill wrote:
On 23/08/11 3:13 PM, William Herrin wrote:
A. Our structures aren't built to seismic zone standards. Our
construction workers aren't familiar with*how* to build to seismic
zone standards. We don't secure equipment inside our buildings to
seismic zone standards.

They should be.
They should be.
You should.

Earthquakes can happen anywhere. There's no excuse to fail to
build/secure to earthquake standards.

Tornados can happen anywhere, there's no excuse to fail to
build/secure for tornados.

[Etc.]

Things that cost money are not done unless the probability of the
danger is higher than vanishingly small. This temblor - at 5.8 with no
injuries or fatalities - was the largest earthquake on the entire east
coast in 67 years, and the largest in VA in well over a century. Think
of the _trillions_ of dollars which could have been put into
healthcare, public safety, hell, better networking equipment :) we
could have used instead of making all buildings on the east coast
earthquake safe.

False economy.  That argument was valid *before* the Internet became a 
Generally Mission Critical Utility.  It is now.  And, alas, commerce being
what it is, it's not deployed to be *nearly* as failover redundant as it
was designed to be,[1]

Cheers,
-- jra
[1]Anyone who wants to debate either half of this, change the subject line. :-)
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