Costa Rica’s strict building codes prevent major damage in powerful quake

The relatively little damage from a 7.6 earthquake was due in large part to strict building codes in Costa Rica, a country that has long enjoyed more stability, better governance, and stronger economic development than many of its Central American neighbors.

September 14, 2012

The relatively little damage from a 7.6 earthquake was due in large part to strict building codes in Costa Rica, a country that has long enjoyed more stability, better governance, and stronger economic development than many of its Central American neighbors.

“We have a culture of concrete and steel,” said a Costa Rican engineer. “Years ago we abandoned building in mud and adobe, something that’s caused a lot of problems and that they’re continuing in other countries.”

Click here to read more. +

         
 

RELATED ARTICLES FROM BD+C

Comments on: "Costa Rica’s strict building codes prevent major damage in powerful quake"