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March 26th, 2012

Mexicans survive an earthquake thanks to safe building!

Last week, Mexico City was hit by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake. Despite its strength, this earthquake left the city with limited damages and no fatalities.

The last quake of this magnitude occurred in 1986 and killed at least 10 000 people. As a result, the city authorities revised the building codes and rebuilt structures to safer standards which made Mexico City less vulnerable than it was 15 years before. This is a clear illustration of the impact the built environment has on human populations affected by natural hazards such as earthquakes and the power to save lives.

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