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Outdated Construction Methods Caused Most Building Collapses in Mexico Earthquake, Engineers Say – NBCNews.com

October 20, 2017 |

Outdated Construction Methods Caused Most Building Collapses in Mexico Earthquake, Engineers SayNBCNews.comThey had just reached the register when the earthquake hit, shaking the store so fiercely the structure screeched. Minutes later, a text came in from their neighbor: The elegant … Read More

Researchers Say They’ve Invented ‘Earthquake-Proof’ Concrete – Interesting Engineering

October 20, 2017 |

Researchers Say They’ve Invented ‘Earthquake-Proof’ ConcreteInteresting EngineeringResearchers from the University of British Columbia have developed a new material that may help make buildings earthquake-proof. The product is made of …

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Luck, Not Tougher Building Standards, Spared Mexico in Quake – New York Times

October 12, 2017 |

Luck, Not Tougher Building Standards, Spared Mexico in QuakeNew York TimesWe are concerned if we have a huge earthquake like the one in 1985 we may have problems in buildings, said Sergio Alcocer the vice president of the Mexican Society … Read More

Why some buildings crumbled and others survived the Mexico City quake: A sober lesson for California – Los Angeles Times

October 10, 2017 |

Why some buildings crumbled and others survived the Mexico City quake: A sober lesson for CaliforniaLos Angeles TimesThe amateur videos emerging from the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that devastated Mexico City on Tuesday are grim. Some show taller buildings swaying. Others … Read More

That Mexican school that collapsed? It was a brittle concrete building a type known to be vulnerable in quakes – Los Angeles Times

October 9, 2017 |

That Mexican school that collapsed? It was a brittle concrete building a type known to be vulnerable in quakesLos Angeles TimesTo structural engineers, it’s no mystery why the earthquake in Mexico this week turned a school into a death trap: … Read More

San Francisco still has 484 delinquent ‘soft-story’ buildings – Curbed SF

September 19, 2017 |

San Francisco still has 484 delinquent ‘soft-story’ buildingsCurbed SFBy September 15 of next year, owners of tier-four buildingsany building containing ground floor commercial uses or any building in a mapped liquefaction zonemust have their own applications submitted, the last of … Read More

New Loma Linda hospital designed to move up and down during an … – San Bernardino County Sun

September 12, 2017 |

New Loma Linda hospital designed to move up and down during an …San Bernardino County SunConstruction workers walk around rows of pedestals for the earthquake protection system for the new Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda on …

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Death toll now at 90 as aftershocks rattle southern Mexico – WTOP

September 12, 2017 |

Death toll now at 90 as aftershocks rattle southern MexicoWTOPThe hospital’s regular building was damaged. Maria Teresa Sales Alvarez said it was chaos when the earthquake struck the single-story building, but staff moved patients outside and transferred most of those … Read More

Why seemingly small earthquakes can cause a lot of damage – Stuff.co.nz

August 29, 2017 |

Why seemingly small earthquakes can cause a lot of damageStuff.co.nzGNS Science seismologist Dr John Ristau said “for a small magnitude earthquake to cause significant damage it would have to be very shallow and very close to human-built structures depth will … Read More

These 2500-Year-Old Chinese Wood Joints Make Buildings Earthquake-Proof – GineersNow (press release) (registration) (blog)

August 9, 2017 |

These 2500-Year-Old Chinese Wood Joints Make Buildings Earthquake-ProofGineersNow (press release) (registration) (blog)To be able to develop buildings that are earthquake proof nowadays a lot of time and effort is needed from architects and engineers. But there is already one country … Read More