Engineers vs. God: Chile’s Building Codes Take Edge Off Massive Earthquake

By Jim Wyss
Miami Herald, Sep 17, 2015

A man walks past a lone Chilean flag where surfing schools once stood, swept away by an earthquake-triggered tsunami in Concon, Chile. Courtesy Miami Herald(Image: A man walks past a lone Chilean flag where surfing schools once stood, swept away by an earthquake-triggered tsunami in Concon, Chile. Courtesy Miami Herald)

At his engineering firm in Santiago, Chile, on Thursday — as aftershocks continued to roll through the city — Eduardo Santos was feeling pretty proud of his industry.

Wednesday night’s 8.3-magnitude earthquake had left 11 dead and a 175 houses damaged. While the toll wasn’t negligible, the quake — the world’s strongest this year — might have leveled less-prepared countries. Read more…

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