Seismic safety experts long have warned that brittle concrete frame buildings pose a particularly deadly risk during a major earthquake.
But a horrifying video taken during this week’s magnitude 7.1 Mexico quake may do more to highlight the risk than years of reports and studies.
In it, sirens blare, utility poles sway. Then in the background, a building wobbles. Concrete starts falling out of a ground-floor column. Then the columns flex, and the upper floors come crashing down, sinking into a cloud of dust.
“¡Dios mío! ¡Dios mío!” a woman is heard saying. “My God! My God!”
The crumbled Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City — a three-story structure where at least 25 died, including 21 students — was made of concrete, as were many other structures that fell to the ground.
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Source: LA Times