"I cannot understand why a new council building is put out of action by an earthquake and an art gallery, surrounded by glass is used as the Civil Defence headquarters," Anderton said.
Ok, kiddies, this earthquake may tell us to pay more attention to interior damage! I really think a building should remain functional at 10 cm/s PGV. The building codes pay no attention to this, since they are just interested in preventing collapse, and allowing a safe exit. Every time I go to the cottage, I watch this office building going up. It hasn't go a shred of shear stiffness! The steel looks like a house of cards! I'm blaming 'limit state' design on this, since the old methods always forced a shear wall. This building will never collapse, but the inside will be thrown up against the wall! I shudder to think what the fundamental frequency is, with the building fully loaded. Oh well, we'll find out about this in the next earthquake!