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Brick buildingWhen the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake struck in 1989, I was in a classroom in Santa Cruz, California—a mere 10 miles from the epicenter—listening to a professor lecture on the comparative economies of advanced capitalist states.

The wood-framed campus building was new—there was no damage. But the town’s charming main street, Pacific Avenue, was lined with old brick buildings. Almost all of them collapsed or were so compromised that they had to be razed. Three people were killed by falling bricks.

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Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene is editor of The Litigation Daily and author of the "Daily Dicta" column. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached at jgreene@alm.com.

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