Earthquake damage can be prevented: president

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/07
By: Lin Hong-han and Jay Chen

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Sunday that

A minute's silence is observed during the president's inspection.

A minute’s silence is observed during the president’s inspection.

measures should be taken to prevent a recurrence of the destruction that occurred in Tainan during a magnitude 6.4 earthquake Saturday.

“While earthquakes are not predictable, preventive measures can be taken,” he said.

He noted that on March 31, 2002, there was an earthquake that had an intensity reading of 5 in Taipei, the same as in Tainan on Saturday, but not a single building collapsed.

“That’s because the city government took emergency measures and our buildings’ ability to withstand earthquake was improved within three years (after the devastating Sept. 21 earthquake in 1999),” said Ma, who was Taipei mayor at the time.     [FULL  STORY]

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