Slow Progress on Seismic Safety in Haiti

Haiti’s Next Earthquake Could Be Worse than Devastating 2010 Quake. The 2010 quake caused over 100,000 structures to crumble and created enough rubble to fill five football stadiums. At the time, Haiti had no quake-resistant building codes or in-depth understanding of its vulnerability. An excerpt:

“The biggest challenge that Haiti faces is the lack of an infrastructure and framework to enforce earthquake-resistant design standards,” he said. “It is meaningless to have a (building) code if you have no way to enforce it. Over 90% of the buildings in Haiti are informal or non-engineered homes. … It is very difficult to enforce proper construction practices.”

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