Haiti: A Disaster in Engineering

In a recent TED talk, Peter Haas discusses how the Haiti earthquake was a disaster due to poor engineering. Chile had fewer casualties in its 8.8 earthquake than did Haiti in its 7.0 earthquake because Chile’s buildings had structural supports that worked together and, for the most part, did not collapse. His group, AIDG, is educating masonry workers in Haiti to use more structurally sound engineering techniques (without raising cost) to reduce casualties in future earthquakes.

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