Lawmakers approve $175M for seismic upgrades in schools

More than 100 schools will undergo retrofitting.

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The first round of upgrades will retrofit 41 schools with $50 million from the quake-proof budget.

“This quake is coming,” said [Senate President Peter Courtney]. “The magnitude will be nine or greater… it will be like nothing we’ve seen.”

A 2007 survey by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries listed more than 1,000 Oregon school buildings at “high” or “very high” risk of collapsing in a magnitude nine quake. Most were built before scientists knew the Pacific Northwest was due for a major earthquake.


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