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