RC Buildings – Part 2: Jama, Calceta, Canoa, San Isidro, and Chone

May 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Reinforced Concrete Buildings

Diego Aguirre* and Ana Gabriela Haro*
*North Carolina State University

Jama

Jama, the capital of the Jama Canton, is located in the Manabí Province, 70 miles from the epicenter. Jama is a small town with a population of 30,000.

Photo: La Hora, Ecuador News

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Photo:  Facebook  (Luis Alfredo Maldonado)

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Calceta

Calceta is a town in the Manabí province of Ecuador. It is located 145 miles from the epicenter and it is home of the Escuela Superior Politécnica de Manabí (ESPAM), a modern agricultural and environmental university. Local news reported collapses of about 100 town houses and 8 low-rise buildings.

Photo: El Universo, Ecuador News

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Canoa

Canoa is located north of Bahía de Caraquez, Province of Manabí, Ecuador, 95 miles from the epicenter. Local newspapers reported that about 85% of the constructions in this town collapsed.

Photos: El Universo, Ecuador News

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Photo: BBC News

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Photo: UNIVISION Noticias

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San Isidro

San Isidro is a small town (population: 12,000) located 90 miles from the epicenter.

Photos: El Universo, Ecuador News

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Chone

Chone, the capital of Chone Canton, is located in the Manabí Province, 135 miles from the epicenter.

Photo: ANDES, Ecuador and South America News

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Pictures Courtesy of Alex Albuja:
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More information is being collected at the time of this publication.

Comments

One Response to “RC Buildings – Part 2: Jama, Calceta, Canoa, San Isidro, and Chone”

  1. Alfredo Urich on May 5th, 2016 1:59 pm

    It may be noted the important role of the “non structural” masonry walls in seismic-resistant performance. This is an issue that should be reviewed in the codes and construction practices of Latin American countries and many others with similar techniques. Some thoughts on this subject were presented at the last World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (2012) for the case of Venezuela; I recommend its review at the following link: http://www.iitk.ac.in/nicee/wcee/article/ WCEE2012_4518.pdf. Unfortunately the consequences in Ecuador were much more disastrous.

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