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Why adobe buildings should be retrofitted
Out-Of-Plane Adobe Masonry Analysis
Collapse of an Unretrofitted (Wood-Block) Adobe House
Compared to a Retrofitted Model.
A small-scale model of an adobe building collapses easily
but even minor wall coupling greatly improves the
out-of-plane behavior of the long walls.