Earthquakes are becoming increasingly common in some parts of the U.S. where they previously were a rarity. Consequently, people who have never been exposed to them or ever had to think about earthquake safety are now facing a new reality.
There is a mistaken belief among some people that steel buildings do not do well in earthquakes. The truth is quite the opposite. In fact, steel buildings have a distinct edge over concrete in earthquakes. The reason, however, is counter-intuitive, and worth understanding.