Build­ings are not pro­tected

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - WHY THE EARTH SHOOK -

BUILD­ING reg­u­la­tions mean the ma­jor­ity of Bri­tish build­ings are not specif­i­cally built to with­stand earth­quakes.

Roger Mus­son, a seis­mol­o­gist with the Bri­tish Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey (BGS), said only build­ings classed as “high con­se­quence” such as power sta­tions and in­fra- struc­ture such as ma­jor road and rail bridges, would be built to with­stand an earth­quake.

Mr Mus­son added: “Noth­ing ex­ists specif­i­cally in build­ing reg­u­la­tions to pro­tect houses and other build­ings against earth­quakes.

“But build­ings have to be built with a lat­eral re­sis­tance, to guard against strong winds, which does give them pro­tec­tion against earth­quakes.

“In other coun­tries, such as Turkey and Iran, build­ings do not have any lat­eral re­sis­tance, which is why you of­ten hear of such dev­as­ta­tion.”

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