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EARTHQUAKES IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA, 1980-1984

Damage to State Theater Building, Coalinga, 1980-1984

The Coalinga Earthquake of May 2, 1983. The State Theater building, 171 West Elm Avenue, had walls of hollow, ungrouted concrete block. The corners at roof level were separated and damaged by displacement relative to the unreinforced masonry wall. At the rear of the State Theater building, shown here, the roof over the stage area collapsed onto the floor. The arch over the stage and the trussing of the roof over the auditorium survived. Photograph Credit: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).