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Shopping Mall in Talca


A shopping complex in Talca was in operation but undergoing repairs mainly to nonstructural damage. Glazing damage was widespread and seen at a movie theater which remained closed. Inside the mall, the dropped ceiling was constructed from gypsum board on light metal framing. Several gypsum boards were missing (Figure 1) while others that remained were damaged by interaction with sprinkler (Figure 2).  Despite not having a finished ceiling, an ice cream shop was open for business and one of the few places serving lunch (Figure 3).

Figure 1: Several gypsum boards were missing from the ceiling.

Figure 2: Other gypsum boards that remained were damaged by interaction with sprinkler.

Figure 3: Despite not having a finished ceiling, an ice cream shop was open for business and one of the few places serving lunch.


Report and photos submitted by Gilberto Mosqueda
Date: March 12, 2010