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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The University of Utah says its Marriott Library is in serious need of earthquake safety improvements. And the state's Seismic Safety Commission agrees with them.
The commission has voted to throw its support behind the university's request for 45 (M)million dollars in state bond funds to reinforce its library, which is situated less than a mile from the Wasatch fault.
According to a study last year, the library could collapse in even a moderate earthquake.
The commission's chairman, Barry Welliver, calls the situation a "life safety issue." The commission identifies key earthquake safety improvements in the state, but operates as an advisory board.
The university also hopes to raise another 18 (M)million dollars in private funding toward the renovation, which would include upgrades to the library's plumbing and electrical system.
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