Here's how the Salt Lake Temple's base isolation system will protect it from earthquakes

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  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    April 26, 2019 9:42 a.m.

    Who or what is going to send an earthquake to destroy the Mormon temple; will it be god, or will it be nature. And if nature can't god control nature.

  • EastCoastM Amherst, NH
    April 22, 2019 6:15 a.m.

    @Hank - the cost is high but lower than rebuilding the temple or having to do major repairs if a large earthquake hits Salt Lake City. Modern temples are built according to modern building codes. A renovation like this is the best way to bring the temple up to modern building standards without starting from scratch.

  • wazzup Sandy, UT
    April 21, 2019 5:45 p.m.

    Just a few days ago, I went to a presentation given by the architect of the State Capitol restoration. It was fascinating. The state capitol also took about 4 years. BTW, you can't 'lift' up the temple. You go underneath and stabilize it. Then build on top of the 'platform'. It's an amazing feat. Let's hope the architects are very familiar with restoration work. It will help that Jacobsen Construction is involved. They were with the State Capitol. That experience should help them immensely.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2019 11:36 a.m.

    As a building material, granite is awfully heavy......but amazingly durable. However, when it comes to resisting the forces of an earthquake it suffers from some serious drawbacks, not least of which is its complete INflexibility and shock vulnerability.

    Making these force-isolating changes will be just the thing to prevent the beautiful temple from becoming nothing more than a huge but pitiful pile of blocks, with possibly hundreds of injured/killed people in and around it, if/when the "Big One" hits, and it makes eminent sense. I'm sure it would have been done when it was built had the technology been available.

    I hope it's completed before the "Big One" hits.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 20, 2019 10:49 p.m.


    Why is the cost relevant?

  • Hockey Fan Miles City, MT
    April 20, 2019 7:59 p.m.

    I suppose inquiring minds would like to know what it will cost. I'm satisfied that it will cost plenty, but it needs to be done, and the price tag is really none of my business. When I pay my tithing, the money is now in the hands of the Council on the Disposition of Tithes, as enumerated in Doctrine and Covenants 120: the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Presiding Bishopric, and the "[Lord's] own voice unto them."

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    April 20, 2019 7:43 p.m.

    I toured the Salt Lake City-County Building many times (with students) after the extensive restoration work done there. A part of the tour was going under the building to see the base isolators. That part of the tour is not glamorous! It is a bit stuffy and dismal, but the explanation of how the black boxes cushion earthquake activity is interesting and made sense to me (of limited technical savvy). Actually that structure did survive a nasty earthquake decades previous (1937?), but it did notable damage, and would have been deadly for anyone under falling clock parts or chandeliers. The earthquake happened when the building was empty of people, very fortunately. Luckily no one was hiding in the shadow of the gargoyle that crashed from the exterior as well. This wonderful historic structure was a first for earthquake preparation in a historic building of its significance. I am assuming that gaining access to the rocky underneath of the temple will be a much larger undertaking!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 20, 2019 5:46 p.m.

    I think it should open up for tours. Close it for their rituals. Don't do anything to it. It's historical.

  • Hank1950 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2019 2:11 p.m.

    What will be the estimated cost of these renovations ?

  • Good Judgment Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2019 9:25 a.m.

    What was done at the recently upgraded Jordan River Temple?

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    April 20, 2019 7:43 a.m.

    So what are these base isolators made of? How big is each one? How much does each one weigh?