Italy earthquake exposes poor building standards

A 9-year-old hospital building collapsed, bringing into question building standards in Italy.

04/08/2009


According to a Reuters story , L'Aquila's new public hospital was hailed as a state-of-the-art, earthquake-proof building when it opened in 2000. But it collapsed along with many centuries-old monuments in the earthquake that struck the city Monday.

The San Salvatore hospital, evacuated after its walls gave way, forcing doctors to treat quake victims and ordinary patients in a courtyard, has exposed inadequate infrastructure in the area.

As the death toll from Italy's worst earthquake since 1980 topped 200, shocked Italians asked how modern buildings--not just historic churches and stone houses--could crumble into pieces in a region known for its high seismic risk.

The earthquake occurred in the Abruzzo region .

Time also covered the story in depth.





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