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Fri May 27, 2016, 01:15 AM

New map shows 1,800 Portland buildings vulnerable in earthquake


The building data was collected as part of a Portland seismic retrofit project, that is being led by the Portland Bureau of Development Services, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and the Portland Development Commission. They are working with community members to reduce the risk posed by these buildings.

Since the last time Portland collected data about unreinforced masonry buildings, about 13 percent of those structures were fully or partially upgraded and another 8 percent were demolished.

The last survey was conducted in the mid-1990s.

The city said the seismic retrofit project is currently working on a mandatory retrofit policy for unreinforced masonry buildings and building owners could receive incentives. The city will consider the policy later this year.

Other cities along the West already have retrofit policies in place. For more about the project, ................

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