What’s Changed in Construction Since the World Series Earthquake 25 Years Ago?

On Oct. 17, 1989, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit San Francisco, where Game 3 of the World Series had just gotten underway. No one at Candlestick Park was hurt, but the quake killed 63 people and caused $6 billion in damage. The ballpark was demolished and a new stadium built with private funds was constructed. This year, the Giants are again in the World Series, but the new ballpark—built in 2000—hasn’t been retrofitted with the latest seismic-resistant technology. According to a post on NextCity.org, there’s an alarming trend about non-compliance of privately owned structures in the San Francisco area.



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