Earthquake science: Better buildings save lives

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An earthquake in Italy has killed over 200 people and left many more injured in the earthquake prone regions of Lazio and Marche.

Most fatalities are due to structural collapse – with many of the old buildings not built to withstand seismic activity.

And, because earthquake science cannot predict when the earth will shake, it’s in the area of structural planning and retrofits that lives can be saved.

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