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To what extent are core building regulations responsible for high loss of life in earthquakes?

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To what extent are core building regulations responsible for high loss of life in earthquakes? During an earthquake man-made constructions are vulnerable to destruction. Earthquakes can devastate buildings, power supplies and roads. This then leads to electrical fires, break down of communications and inevitable loss of life. These characteristics are what give earthquakes their hazardous nature as they cause damage to buildings and loss of human life. ...read more.

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It is frequently not the actual Earthquake that results in damage and loss of life but the fact that it triggers buildings and communication lines to collapse. In cities such as San Francisco there are large numbers of high-rise buildings due to the density of the population in the area. Although this has helped to house more people, in terms of earthquakes it has actually heightened and increased the potential disaster. ...read more.

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In highly populated, densely built cities like San Francisco this is another problem. Recent innovations in building technology has increased the safety and reduced the damage caused during an earthquake. Japanese engineers are particularly aware of the problems caused due to the frequency of earthquakes in the Pacific ring of fire. Modern buildings are, therefore, either mounted on shock absorbing rubber or are able to sway with the motion of the earthquake. ...read more.

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