Is anyone aware of any documentation that roughly equates Richter Scale Magnitudes with Seismic Design Categories? I have a client that wants to ensure his building will meet a particular Richter scale factor (7.0). I've tried explaining, to no avail, that the code (ASCE 7) uses a different approach toward the design criteria used in the structural design to resist seismic forces. I appreciate anything you can share on this topic.
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