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Euro America Insurance Company offices, "Main Square," Talca


The offices of the Euro America Insurance Company were located on the same block with Banc Itau. These observations are particularly valuable because the offices were left undisturbed after the February 27 event (except for the computer that was retrieved by company officials). The damage to the contents and equipment was extensive as the tables, communication panels, and book shelves were displaced by as much as 25 inches (Figure 1). Ceiling tile damage and partition wall cracks were observed at several locations (Figure 2), while the TV monitor arm remained anchored to wall, the TV monitor itself was reported to have fallen on the floor (Figure 3). Similar damage to contents was observed in a federal government building (older construction, Figure 4). Most of this damage would have been avoided if proper anchorage to the floor and/or wall was provided.

Figure 1: The damage to content and equipment was extensive as the tables, communication panels, and book shelves were displaced by as much as 25 inches.

Figure 2: Ceiling tile damage and partition wall cracks were observed at several locations.

Figure 3: While the TV monitor arm remained anchored to wall, the TV monitor was reported to have fallen on the floor.

Figure 4: Similar damage to content was observed in a federal government building.


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