Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do

Earlier this week, Democracy Now! interviewed University of Colorado seismologist Roger Bilham to question why the devastation in Chile (8.8 on the Richter scale) is far more manageable and the loss of life far lesser than that wrought in Haiti (7.0). Short answer: quality of building construction and the enforcement of building codes. In the piece, Bilham analyzes design and construction techniques and materials – from the placement of exits to the quantity of sand and quality of steel in cement – to argue for a global education and public awareness campaign on building buildings that are earthquake-ready. Powerful lessons for rebuilding.
–Cassim Shepard, Director, Urban Omnibus