[LMB] Betan Earthquake preparedness
stacey at xtra.co.nz
Wed Apr 20 02:47:26 BST 2016
For some reason I didn't get the original reply. Yes there is some preparation, building better buildings is a big one and an obvious contributor to damage and lives lost in the Nepal and Ecuador quakes. First world countries have better infrastructure and medical setups already.
But when your roads are literally gone, bridges collapsed over rivers, car park buildings collapse with cars in them, sink holes open up in roads big enough to swallow a whole car and you. Can't see cos the roads are two feet deep in liquefaction and or sewerage. When the airport shuts so no one can get in or out, and that includes supplies and emergency personnel.
I remember the quake in the late eighties in the us where there were two layers of highway and the top collapsed on the bottom. It can be as simple as the time of day an event hits.
When there is no where to put the homeless, like post katrina, when even rich first world countries can't organise a cohesive response.
Disaster affects people in different ways, and you think you can plan but until you experience the worst and truly know, you can only hope it's enough. Trouble is bureaucracy does tend to lend itself to the flexibility needed to adapt in a disaster situation.
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On 20/04/2016, at 12:56 PM, Peter Newman <pnewman at gci.net> wrote:
>> "M. Haller Yamada" <thefabmadamem at yahoo.com> wrote
>> Stacey, forgive me for being a contrarian -- your experiences tell you one thing.
>> And I do agree that at a certain point, there really is nothing you can do.
>> But, when you compare earthquakes fatalities and damage from countries without
>> proper building codes, without great health care, without some sort of
>> infrastructure, without wide-area government coordination -- when you compare the
>> aftermath of those earthquakes with Christchurch or even Fukushima, you see that
>> yes, there is a lot we can do to prepare for a devastating earthquake. Both on an
>> individual basis, and as a group of self-governed people.
>> It isn't 100 percent safe, of course. It never will be. But without preparation, it
>> could be much, much worse.
> Earthquake related building code restrictions vary even within countries. That’s part
> of the reason why there were no injuries from the 7.1 Earthquake here in Alaska in
> January. The only buildings that were destroyed were caused by gas leak related fires.
> And on a personal note - a 7.1 earthquake is a bit scary, even when the epicenter is
> over 150 miles away.
> ObBujold - I suspect that building codes vary widely between Barrayaran districts, and
> disaster preparedness is one of the things that vary the most. Did the nuking
> of Vorkosigan Vashnoi prompt Count Piotr to include any radiation safety rules (at
> least in the cities, not in the mountains) for future construction?
> - Peter
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