Mexico City

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Not earth­quake safe: In the wake of the dev­as­tat­ing Sept. 19 earth­quake that killed at least 369 peo­ple—in­clud­ing 228 in Mexico City—Mex­i­cans are ask­ing whether the dev­as­ta­tion would have been less had con­struc­tion firms fol­lowed build­ing codes. An el­e­men­tary school that col­lapsed in Mexico City, killing 19 chil­dren and seven adults, was built of un­re­in­forced con­crete, which can eas­ily snap in a tem­blor, and had an il­le­gal fourth floor where the prin­ci­pal lived. A six-story of­fice block that pan­caked was only sup­posed to be two sto­ries high. “Our col­lec­tive neg­li­gence and cor­rup­tion,” said for­mer Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial Gabriel Guerra, “is com­ing back to bite us where it hurts.”

The col­lapsed el­e­men­tary school

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