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City of Talca


The city of Talca, with a population of approximately 200,000 people, is approximately 250 km south of Santiago, 60 km northwest of the epicenter. The typical construction type is adobe and unreinforced masonry, which is primarily used for older buildings with 2-4 stories (dating back to before the 1960s-70s). Modern [engineered] buildings that were designed according to current codes suffered minor, repairable damage, while a large number of adobe and unreinforced masonry constructions suffered significant damage, including disintegration of walls and subsequent collapse. Roof trusses were made out of wood, but roof tiles were made of heavy clay (Figure 1). Structures with major damage or collapsed structures were primarily located near and around the downtown region. The modern (including the tallest, 20-story residential) buildings in the same region suffered minor damage.

damaged roof trusses in Talca, Chile

Figure 1: Roof trusses were made out of wood, but roof tiles were made of heavy clay.


Report and photos submitted by Gokhan Pekcan.
Date: March 8, 2010