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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEngineering · 3 months ago

Could a 10 story high rise be repaired after a 30 foot tsunami?

If a 10 story high rise is hit by a 30 foot tsunami the lower 3 floors are likely to sustain extensive flood damage, and have windows and doors blown out and curtain walls and other non load bearing structures are likely to be damaged. The upper 7 floors = floors 4-10 are likely to be unscathed.

Could such a building be repaired rather than demolished and completely replaced.

With repairs to exterior cladding and renovation of the lower floors, could the building be salvaged?


This assumes that there was no earthquake accompanying the tsunami. The earthquake strong enough to trigger the tsunami 8.0 or greater is likely to cause extensive sturctural damage. 

Update 2:

Most tsunamis are accompanied by large earthquakes which usually cause fires and soil liqiefaction and such. Is there a chance of structural damage from earthquake or landslide prior to the tsunami hitting 

4 Answers

  • 3 months ago

    Could you hold the structure a little closer to the phone? Hard to tell if the structure will hold up the loads.

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  • 3 months ago

    How much money can be economically spent on the repairs? That is the question. If you can justify the expense then it can be repaired.


    By the way most tsunamis occur a distance from the actual earthquake. Read up on them.

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  • Adam D
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    3 months ago

    If it's just flood damage, probably.  Even structural damage can sometimes be repaired.  But you'd have to look at the cost of the various options - repair, replace, demolish and sell the property rather than rebuild, etc.

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  • 3 months ago

    possibly it could be repaired, depends on the nature of the structural damage. Possibly the damage is such that you can't work on it without risk of collapse.

    But you have to look at the total costs. It may be cheaper to tear it down and build another one.

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