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Trying to stay ahead of earthquake disasters

from The New York Times

"Earthquakes do not kill people," seismic experts often say. "Buildings do." For Brian E. Tucker, the founder and president of a nonprofit called GeoHazards International that helps developing countries better prepare for earthquake disasters, two quakes in the late 1980s provided a stark illustration. A magnitude-6.8 earthquake in December 1988 devastated Armenia, then part of the Soviet Union. The official death toll was 25,000. Unofficial estimates put the number of dead at 40,000 or higher. more

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