Earthquake: Engineers from Los Angeles traveled to Chile to find out how to build safer buildings in Southern California.
The structural engineer Anuj Bansals who heads the Los Angeles office of Degenkolb Engineers, traveled recently to Chile with three colleagues to survey the damage resulting from last month’s 8.8 quake and following Tsunami that killed near 500 people, caused $30 billion in damage and shifted the city of Concepcion 10 feet to the west.
When structural engineer Anuj Bansal designs systems for hospitals, university libraries and apartment complexes, seismic safety is a key consideration. But the best way to find out what it takes for a building to withstand a massive earthquake is to analyze the aftermath of an actual event, like the earthquake in Chile.
Bansal and his team learned a lot after studying: a) buildings that are partially damaged and b) buildings that resisted the most important earthquake of the last 100 years. buildings that are partially damaged.
In an exclusive interview with The Los Angeles Times, Bansal tells everything about his journey to Chile: where to stasrt when you examine a building, why some of the newest buildings were the most affected, the lessons from Chile´s earthquake that are relevant to Southern California… READ MORE HERE