Japan’s Strict Building Codes Saved Lives

By James Glanz and Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times
March 11, 2011

Hidden inside the skeletons of high-rise towers, extra steel bracing, giant rubber pads and embedded hydraulic shock absorbers make modern Japanese buildings among the sturdiest in the world during a major earthquake. And all along the Japanese coast, tsunami warning signs, towering seawalls and well-marked escape routes offer some protection from walls of water. More …


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