LAS VEGAS – Last week, Southern California was rocked by earthquakes as high as 7.1 in magnitude in the Death Valley region, causing a plethora of issues in communities near and far of the affected areas. Luckily, there was no loss of life reported, despite the fact that numerous buildings were damaged and multiple fires started as a result of the intense tremors.
The quakes were felt in Los Angeles, Mexico, and even nearby Las Vegas, Nevada, causing concerns that the currently-ongoing construction of the NFL Raiders football stadium would be affected. However, according to reports, the effects of the quake did not cause any issues with the stadium or any injuries to construction personnel, and progress is such that they are still on track to meet its projected 2020 completion date.
According to reports, the company in charge of constructing the stadium noted that the earthquakes resulted in no injuries and no structural damage whatsoever to the project. The company said the stadium was thoroughly inspected and that all critical structural elements had been examined by an independent testing firm. The fact that the stadium is currently incomplete did afford it an increased level of vulnerability when compared to other structures of his type, but apparently work was of such quality that the stadium was able to absorb the effects of the earthquake with no issues.
As a precaution, work crews concentrated their efforts on ground-level work – as opposed to work higher up – in order to maintain an acceptable level of safety until inspectors had given the green light to resume normal operations. The stadium itself is being constructed with the ability to withstand intense seismic events, which likely figured in to its ability to ride out the California quakes with no damage.
The stadium project had recently encountered minor issues when it was discovered that several roof trusses did not fit properly, but it was noted by the construction company that the issues were not going to create any significant delay in the completion of the project, which is expected to host the Raiders for the start of their 2020 NFL season.
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