The M 7.0 Anchorage earthquake on November 30 demonstrates that strong building codes save lives. But for Alaskans recovering from the quake, life is going to require additional resources to bounce back.
Guest Post by Duke Crestfield, structural engineer
Last year on 19 September I was in Guadalajara, enjoying one free day before the start of the Mexican Seismic Engineering Society conference. In the morning there were earthquake drills, since it was the 32nd anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake, which influenced me a lot as a young engineer. Then in the afternoon, the M7.1 Puebla quake hit Mexico City.
September 19 marks the anniversary of not one but two major earthquakes in Mexico. One ranks as one of Mexico City’s deadliest disasters; the other demonstrates the importance of preparation and planning.