March 14, 2011

Good Engineering Saved Lives in Japan

Joshua Rosenau, ScienceBlogs


AP Photo

My heart goes out to all the people affected the earthquake in Japan, and by the resulting tsunamis which have hit much of the Pacific basin. Heck, we even saw tsunami surge in the San Francisco Bay. The damage and deaths are still being tallied, but it's worth noting that the 5th largest earthquake on record hit near the densely populated coast of Japan, and so far there are a mere 400 deaths reported. The earthquake in Haiti last year, which was 100 times weaker, killed 230,000.

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TAGGED: Earthquake, Infrastructure, Japan