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Protecting Older Buildings From Earthquakes

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The old buildings that give downtown areas character in places like Ashland are often made of brick.  

And there's a potential problem: older buildings made of unreinforced masonry are prone to heavy damage in earthquakes.  Ashland building officials are beginning to think in terms of seismic renovations to bring older buildings up to current building codes. 

We talk with Ashland's building official about what that process might entail.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.