“Bad buildings kill them”
by Yi Zhang
A troubling fact is that some HARD evidences are required before people learn a lesson which is learned before by others, at other location, even in a recent past. It is less than two years after China’s quake in 2008 taking over 80,000 lives, and now Haiti. I am reading almost the exact comments about Haiti earthquake as I did two years ago about China. What is in common for the two cases? They are at the poorest region. Unlike Haiti, China may be at a better position of infrastructure construction and building code implementation. However, the region being attacked two years ago is one of most underdeveloped regions in southwest China, where the building codes were hardly enforced.
It is the human nature (or government?) of ignoring risks that are not imminent, even when we are presented with dead cold records.