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KINGDOME SHAKEN, BUT NOT STIRRED, AFTER EARTHQUAKE
Published May 6, 1996
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).