Shaking and Shaping San Francisco

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Science  28 Jul 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5786, pp. 444
DOI: 10.1126/science.1130008

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Bracing for Disaster. Earthquake-Resistant Architecture and Engineering in San Francisco, 1838-1933. By Stephen Tobriner. Heyday and Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2006. 351 pp. Paper, $30. ISBN 1-59714-025-2.

Reviewing the responses of builders and engineers to San Francisco's earthquakes of 1868 and 1906, the author argues that, contrary to many accounts, the dangers posed by earthquakes were faced and earthquake-resistant features were adopted well before they were legally mandated.

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