The Earthquake That Killed Insurance (and how the industry is making a comeback)

This little-told story is a must-read for anyone buying a home in earthquake country. It’s been 25 years since the Magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake, and what lasting legacy has it left?  An overhaul to the insurance industry.

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A Festival of Disorganization

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.

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