Concern over building

I am writing because I am concerned about all the building going on in Alameda: the 1,200 apartments proposed at South Shore Shopping Center and the senior housing at Alameda Point, for example. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for housing, especially for veterans, seniors and the homeless. We desperately need more housing for all.

I am not an archeologist nor an engineer, but my common sense tells me that all this building on landfill may cause problems in the future. I can only assume these landfills are made up of a mixture of sand and soil. If you do not recollect what happened during the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, especially in San Francisco’s Marina District, let me remind you that much of the housing and many homes collapsed.

Entire buildings were completely demolished because they were built on top of sand. The ground just melted and dissipated.

An earthquake may not hit today or tomorrow, but it will hit someday. 

I think if people could even dig to the core of the earth and if an earthquake hit, it would be very devastating to say the least. I think it would be similar to the 1906 earthquake. The state of California is a wonderful state, but it is “Earthquake Country.”


Mary A. Cronin