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Ethiopia needs a strict building code

By on December 28, 2010

In the last 25 years there were six quakes of a magnitude greater then 6 on the Richter scale (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993 and 1999).

Following this weekend’s earthquake which struck the southern Ethiopian town of Hosaena (magnitude 5-1), questions are being raised on how prepared is the east African nation if a major earth quake was to strike.
Almost all Ethiopia major cities are sitting on top of fault lines in an active seismic location on the Great Rift Valley. Addis Ababa risk of having an earthquake is very high.
The current Ethiopian building code ratified in1995 is being challenged by experts and seismologists to push for an updated of the code and full implementations of new and future buildings in Ethiopia. Seismologists do persist, and are trying to affect stringent earthquake-proof building rules in Ethiopia.

Geophysics, Space, Science, and Astronomy Service, Dr. Atalay Ayele and other experts say that earthquakes are a fact for this area and they will happen in the future. The government and public should be aware about the scientific data that is available to support these assertions. The days of thinking that earthquakes are manifestations of angry entities and we can’t do anything about them has to be set aside. Strong building codes reduce future destruction, fatalities, injuries, and property damage from earthquakes. Ensuring that codes are implemented and followed on earthquake-proof homes and other structure prevent future catastrophic losses. The magnitude of destruction between countries that have strict seismic building codes and those that do not is very dramatic Haiti 200,000 lives lost and Chile 1,000.

(Sub Saharan Informer)

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