A temporary shift of and respite from the local grimness of the last few days to another shocking experience in Haiti… I was struck by Lara Marlow’s testimony to an aftershock earthquake in her wooden constructed hotel on the heights looking over the destruction of Haiti… In the middle of the quake (6.1, as opposed to the original 7 on the Richter scale) which lasted not much more than thirty minutes:
…I remembered a Haitian woman telling me that concrete buildings are safe for hurricanes but death traps in earthquakes, whereas wood is safer in earthquakes but offers no protection against hurricanes. Lesson number one, I thought: youre lucky to be in a wooden building.
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