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Building For Resilience: After The Tsunami A look at disaster recovery and earthquake technology in Japan.

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Container emergency housing project by architect Shigeru Ban at Onegawa. Residents entered a lottery to live here. Shigeru Ban emergency housing includes community facilities such as a library and meeting areas.


Earthquakes can be terrifying destructive. In 2010 and 2011 I experienced the powerful earthquakes that inflicted widespread destruction in Christchurch, New Zealand (the subject of a cover story in The Chief Engineer, in June, 2012).

Usually, earthquakes strike at the boundaries of the Earth’s tectonic plates. But not always: In August 2011 a magnitude 5.8 quake with its epicenter in Virginia came as a surprise, and caused considerable damage to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. So nowhere is safe. Engineering can make cities everywhere safer, saving lives and billions of dollars for the economy.

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