Are San Francisco's Skyscrapers Ready for the Big One?

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A view of the Millennium Tower on August 11, 2016 in San Francisco.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Wednesday marks the 112th anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake. There has been significant progress in earthquake preparedness over the decades but as the city approves taller and taller buildings, there are new concerns over seismic safety. Forum takes up the issue of San Francisco’s skyscrapers and how safe they’ll be when the big one hits.

Thomas Fuller, San Francisco bureau chief for The New York Times
Andrew Michael, geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park

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