Earthquake resistant in China
Oct. 21, 2014 – When a magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit China's Yunnan province recently, authorities expected heavy casulaties. Instead, though there were 324 injured, only one person was killed. The earthquake hit a region that is forested and homes are built with wooden frames – rather than the concrete and steel that is considered safer in other parts of China. But wooden framed houses stand up better to earthquakes than concrete and steel do.
"That's the message pushed by wood producers in Canada and other tree-exporting nations that hope to encourage Chinese authorities to alter perceptions and dial back conservative building codes that favor concrete construction over wood," says the Wall Street Journal.
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