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How We Measure Earthquakes

Richter, Moment Magnitude, and Mercalli Earthquake Scales When hearing about recent earthquakes, the first thing everyone wants to know is the quake’s magnitude.  Having a number to define the strength of the tremblor allows us to gauge how the quake compares to other historical earthquakes. But what does the designated earthquake magnitude actually mean? Below are some earthquake measurement facts.…

Steel Buildings in Earthquakes

Designing Solid Structures for Shaky Ground The performance of pre-engineered steel buildings in earthquakes is nothing short of amazing. How do we know? Building code officials and structural engineers study the performance of various building types under duress.  After every natural calamity, they examine which buildings failed and which withstood the stresses forced on them.  Their goal is to insure…

2017 Weather Disasters Keep Coming

Mother Nature Having One Hissy Fit After Another This Year We have just passed mid-October, and 2017 weather disasters continue to unfold.  Blizzards, droughts, floods, freezes, hail, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires— there seems to be no end to the calamitous climate-driven catastrophes this year across the U.S. Billions of Losses from Weather Disasters National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) tracks weather-related…

Combating the Cost of Calamities with Steel Buildings

Metal Buildings Outperform Other Structures in Natural Disasters In the wake of the devastating natural disasters recently inflicted on the U.S., building stronger structures like steel buildings is vital. Choosing to build structures to stand up to Mother Nature at her worst just makes sense. Counting the Cost of Catastrophic Events The escalating cost of natural disasters in the U.S.…