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KINGDOME SHAKEN, BUT NOT STIRRED, AFTER EARTHQUAKE

     Following a 5.4 earthquake During Thursday night's Mariners-
Indians game, Kingdome spokesperson Carol Keaton said the biggest
damage to the stadium was "burned-out light bulbs."  According to
Foster & Reid of the Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, a team of 12 engineers
examined the Kingdome on Friday, carefully inspecting the
partitions between the dome's columns and beams.  They found no
cracks or signs of damage.  The outside ramps, which are designed
to absorb 60% of he shock, worked as planned, according to Jon
Magnusson, CEO of the engineering firm Skill Ward Magnusson.  He
added, "The building moved as a whole, which is good" (Tacoma
NEWS TRIBUNE, 5/4).  Bill Dietrich of the SEATTLE TIMES reports,
while the Kingdome is safer than other public buildings in
Seattle, new calculations by the U.S. Geological Survey show the
Seattle area may soon be upgraded to a Zone Four, meaning
buildings there would have to be designed to withstand a greater
quake force.  Marvin Crumb, president of Terra Technologies,
which makes earthquake motion monitors:  "We're just totally
unprepared here in Seattle, and we're going to get it one day.  I
don't want to sound like an ally of Ken Behring, but there was a
thread of truth running through his comments" (SEATTLE TIMES,
5/4).  Behring cited earthquake readiness as a key he reason for
abandoning the Kingdome for Southern CA (THE DAILY).
     ALL SHOOK UP:  Jay Buhner:  "I thought the Moose was jumping
up on top [of the dugout] because it was shaking like crazy, but
then you took a look over at [the Indians'] bench and he's up on
their dugout, so you knew something was going on"
("SportsCenter," ESPN, 5/3).  King County Exec Gary Locke:  "The
Kingdome operated as it is designed to in the event of an
earthquake.  The earthquake joints worked as they're supposed to"
("Sports Tonight," CNN, 5/3).
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