Earthquakes are dramatic events. They often occur unexpectedly with little warning. Even though short lived, earthquakes can be extremely devastating in terms of loss of life and property.
The footprint of seismic zones is increasing and building requirements are changing. As a result, all buildings are expected to resist greater demands from potential seismic events.
The masonry industry has long been a leader in helping the specifier and the construction industry establish designs that will better withstand earthquake damage.
Existing masonry structures are providing an excellent opportunity for designers to verify assumptions regarding structural response to seismic forces. Buildings that perform well demonstrate the effectiveness of a design methodology; buildings that perform less well make it possible to locate deficiencies and revise design approaches to improve structural behavior.