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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Building Codes

When you see the media coverage of the rubble of shanties in Haiti, you have to wonder what the building codes are like down there, and whether this type of carnage could have been avoided with a different standard of construction.
Eyewitnesses have said that the actual quake went on for about 3 seconds, then the buildings came crashing down.  I'd like to think that my house wouldn't come apart after being shook for 3 seconds.
We should donate to the Haitians, but when they rebuild their communities, I hope they build in some lessons learned.

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