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EARTHQUAKES IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA, 1980-1984

Street Level View of Damaged Building at 5th Street and Elm Avenue, Coalinga

The Coalinga Earthquake of May 2, 1983. In this building at the north corner of 5th Street and Elm Avenue, the 20 cm-thick second-story walls collapsed at the northeast and southeast, and the parapet collapsed at the southwest. The street level at the southwest and southeast had open framing. Collapse of the second-story wall caused roof failure in the building at right. Photograph Credit: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).