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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, December 11, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 29 Warnings of another major rupture made California earthquake startling (LONDON OBSERVER NEWS SERVICE) LOS ANGELES An Earth- quake Commission appointed by Los Angeles city fathers has made some startling recom- mendations. It wants all schools not designed to resist tremors brought up to standard or va- cated immediately "even if that means classes held in tents." It will be even more startling if the recommendation is fol- lowed, for Californians arc as- tonishingly indifferent to the in- adequacy of their local 'quake protection measures.' This Slate has 90 per cent of all earthquakes occurring in the U.S.A. It is fractured more or less down the centre by the great San Andreas fault, a 600- mile-long dislocation that runs trom Mexico up through San Francisco Bay and out to sea. Scientists give repeated warn- ings that the fault is working up to another major rupture. But no-one in City Hall minds, it seems, if you build a home, a school or a hospital on top of a fault: building codes do not recognise the existence of these cracks in California's surface, though they make local geologi- ca' maps look veined as an old tea-cup. Californian children will con- tinue to go to school in ICC buildings which were declared unsafe 38 years ago, after Long Beach's big 1933 'quake. A few weeks ago, for the third time in row, voters refused to ap- prove a million bond is- sue to make schools "quake- proof. People are feeling Mr. Nixon's economic pinch, and they wanl to make a stand against higher taxes. BIG PROBLEM Then there is the problem of some buildings in Los Angeles c o -i n t y, which, the Commission says, should be demolished or rehabilitated by 1980. Any or all of them could crumble in a major earthquake, am' ot them were de- clared unsafe two generations ago. City officials will tell you quietly that they don't think that's going to get done, either. For one thing, it would cost about a billion dollars. In sprawling Angeles, most people live in one-storey, wooden-frame houses, w h i c h arc fairly resistant to earth- quake. So the experts say the death loll here in a m a j o r 'quake would be comparatively low. Perhaps "only a few tbou- die, even if dis- aster struck during a rush hour. San Francisco is quite an- other matter. The tightly-pack- ed city on the bay has scores of high-rise buildings. It is only eight miles from the San An- dreas lault, whereas the centre of Los Angeles is 33 miles away. Some stir was caused by a recent BBC documentary which suggested that 100.000 people would die, and alleged that local leaders were neither tak ing proper precautions, nor making the population fully aware of the danger. The docu- mentary included some fright- ening shots of Alaska's big 1964 'quake, taken by a sailor London museum to treasures of ancient ruler By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON (CP) Veiled in secrecy and tighl securily, Ihree consignment of priceless phar- aoh's treasures from Ihe tomb of Tutankhamen are due to ar- rive in London early in 137.' for exhibition at the British Mu- seum. The exhibition, to open March 29 for six months, is to com- memorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the young Egyplian ruler's tomb, popu- larly supposed to have hounded its excavators with a curse. Both the Englishmen who dis- covered the long-lost tomb at Luxor in 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, died at early shortly after the tomb's opening, which gave rise to Ihe legend. But Dr. I. E. S. Edwards, HARDLITE LENSES For everyone who wears glasses Avwtabfe in AU. prescriptions. These HardWe tenses are: t Shatterproof and backed by a warranty against eye injury. Halt the weight of ordinary glasses. Available in a variety of styles, shapes, and tints. Protective lenses are law in some tountries advisable everywhere. Specializing in the fitting of Eye Doctor's Prescriptions Prescription Sunglassei Children's Frames Magnifiers Repairs Reasonable Prices OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. Phone 327-3509 keeper of antiquities at the Brit ish Museum, says the curse wa invented as a joke by an arche oiogisl. "It caught en much bette than he Dr. Edward told reporters, adding thi American research had demon stratcd that some other person associated with the tomb open ing had in fact enjoyed longc lives than average. The exhibition, partly spoil sored by Lord Thomson's Time Newspapers Ltd., will comprls about 50 treasures from tl golden hoard which has bee described as probably the mo spectacualr archeoloeical di covery in history. COFFIN WAS GOLD The pieces, which incudlc Tu ankhamen's gold funeral mas will not be insured in the ore nary way. Instead, the Britis government will cover the with an indemnity for "man millions of says S John Wolfenden, director of the British Museum. The precioe amount has yet to be approved by Parliament, he explained. Wolfenden said the exhibition would be the most splendid the museum had ever staged, and described the loan of the treas- ures as "a stupendous act of generosity" by the Egyptian government. Tutankhamen, the boy king who came lo the pharaoh's throne at the age of nine in 1381 EC and died before he reached 20, was buried in a solid gold coffin and surrounded with many other ornamental gold and jewelled treasures of astro- nomical value. Some of Ihe pieces have already been exhib- ited in Paris. hen it hit. Buildings are seen llapsing into crevices and alcr bring sucked from the arbour at Anchorage. Another qiicncc s h o v s Venezuelan gh-riso office blocks crmnb- 11 in a 'qualtc at Caracas, all "them allegedly ''lunke-proof- d. The devastating San Fran- sco 'quake and fire of I'JCG [t a quarter of a million peo- e homeless. There is no doubt rat another today on the same cale would cause a disaster ithout historical parallel if it .ruck the metropolitan area t a certain lime. Where there ere fences and country roads 0 years ago, there are now ousing estates and public uildings. Dr. Charles Richlcr, the most dmous name in the field of eismology. says he does not link San Francisco's skyscrap- rs will fall, though upper oors would be made a sham- les by buckling partitions and urtlin'g furniture. But other rr.inent geo-physicists say nat no-cnc can be sure the aller high-rises will not "snap ight It is only eight months since he last 'quake in Los Angeles, vhich killed more than 50 peo .Ie, did million worth of lamage and caused the horri ying collapse of a hospital at Sylmar built right across a hod Ms camera rolling fault. Yet people here scum lo have forgotten the terror they felt thai February morning. Fur-gotten, too, how lucky they were; Hie shaking lasted only 12 seconds. It came at C a.ji. v.hcn streets and offices were c m p I y, and two threolened darns did not break although people had to he evacu- ated in case they did. LITTLE DONP Despite Nature's warning, very little has been done in the way of strengthening dams and )ridges, demolishing dangerous ones or updating building codes ,o make use of the latest seis- mological knowledge. There has a TiO-page report from a Los Angeles Commission, and another of 500 pages frorr: recommending that all these steps should be taken. That is about all. "It is something loo many cst i.s usually at the heart of the matter." Mr. Duskin and other conser- vationists claim that big busi- ness pressures to expand the cily have inhibited public dis- people just don't want to think says Mr. Alvin Dusk- in, a San Francisco business- man who has long campaigned against the proliferation of high- rise buildings. "Meanwhile de- velopers and economic interest keep piling people up along Ibe i neglect of basic safely consid- most dangerous fault on planet." Why the political procrasti- nation and indecision? One leading University of California scientist answers: "Self inter- Californians arc being assur- ed that emergency plans arc now adequate: that hospitals, the fire services, the Red Cross are ready. Snn has its "disaster plan." From the I'.S. Government Ixmkstore you can buy a booklet, SAFE- TY A.ND SURVIVAL IN EARTH- QUAKES. It is published by the same administration that has 13 schools with 5.000 children, a hospital, a police station and even a "disaster operations of- fice" built directly on the Ilayward Fault. "If you really want to survive." a Caltech scientist told me, "be some- where else when it happens." LIABILITY BONDS AUTO 9 FIRE ROSSSTER AGiMCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 lower Floor 517 4lh Ave. S. Phone 327-1541 Southminster United Church I Senior Choir Presents The Christmas Part of ESSSAH" SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19th P.M. in the Church Sanctuary K Soloists: 5 Soprano, ARLENE TANNER LEWIS H Conlrollo, MARY THOMSON Tenor, WALTER GOERZEN g Bass, ARTHUR HUNT Plus guest singers from Firs! Baptist Church Organist and Choir Director, WILFRED WOOfHOUSE jf H GIVE A "FITTING" FAMILY GIFT The Entire Family will enjoy the modern facilities of the T Pool Gym Judo Gym 9 Weight Room Handball Courts Club Rooms Lobby Ski Club New Year's Fun Program Holiday Tournaments 0 Casual Swimming HANG A FAMILY Y MEMBERSHIP ON THE TREE THIS YEAR AVAILABLE QUARTERLY HALF YEARLY OR ANNUALLY For Inquiries Call In or Phone the 'Y' at 328-7771 "A Friendly Atmosphere for the Whole Family" In place of frozen drifts of snow, how about wooded green mountains in a land where golf, fishing and other outdoor activities are still in full swing A land you can reach simply by heading west toward the Pacific. Of course, winter docs come lo British Columbia... but it passes lightly over the regions around Vancouver and Victoria. And both these cities arc alive with holiday appeal including sparkfcg night life, fine dining spots, excellent accommodations. Plus scenic attractions like Victoria's Parliament Buildings and Vancouver's famed Stanley Park. Whatever your taste in holiday fun, you'll be delighted by the range of activities in British Columbia now. And the weather is something else. For a colorful Visitor's Kit, including a guide to winter fun in British Columbia, mail the coupon loday. To: Government nf Columbia, of Tiiivcl Industry, 1019 Slronl. BRITISH COLUMBIA, I THE 4-SEASON I VACATION LAND I f'lcnsf: lush me your British Columbi.i I Victoria, British Columbia, Canoil.i. Visitor's Kit. ,Acl chess ;