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The sad thing is, I can tell you absolutely that immediately following the next big earthquake, after these old buildings fall down, there will be legislation passed to address this issue… We shouldn’t have to wait for a lot of people to be killed or injured to motivate us to take action.

— Eric Holdeman, former director of King County’s Office of Emergency Management, calling for the city, state, and region to be proactive in retrofitting buildings before the next big quake hits (via The Seattle Times).