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‘This is an urgent issue’: Seattle makes little progress on buildings that can kill in earthquakes

Eagleson Hall, University of Washington, home to Department of Speech & Hearing, shot Friday, December 8, 2017.

“You might be on borrowed time,” warns the mayor of a New Zealand city where a 2011 quake destroyed unretrofitted brick buildings and killed 185 people. Retrofitting old buildings may be expensive, she said, but it costs less than the liability for injuries or fatalities.

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