Buildings are not protected
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.”