Japan Quake

by cindy

Pretty crazy that we were JUST talking about this on Wednesday…the idea that Japan as a society has such a formal infrastructure that even a quake of massive magnitude only kills a few dozen people there:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/11/world/asia/20110311_japan.html?ref=asia#1

Even with large scale environmental catastrophe, formal structures hold and lives are spared as a result.

Right now in Japan death tolls are somewhere in the hundreds, even though that will assuredly rise.

Quakes in countries with a higher percentage of informal cities – Turkey, Pakistan, Haiti – experience devastation at a massive scale under the same circumstances.

http://www.nytimes.com/info/haiti-earthquake-2010/

In Haiti the death told ended up somewhere around a half million, I think.

Incredible.

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1 Comment»

  jennykane324 wrote @

yes – here’s another article about the building codes and how gov’t safety drills and preparedness helped out.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/12/world/asia/12codes.html?_r=1&ref=global-home


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