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|I agree with that completely, having read some local reports (in translation).
Originally posted by jl2315 at 2008-5-14 05:24 AM
I don't yet see any evidence that local officials should be blamed for this disaster, except perhaps for the longer term lack of action in the area of building code enforcement.
In the US, New York City, which is criss-crossed by several earthquake faults, and other places, like Memphis, Tennessee, are in serious danger from even a moderate earthquake (smaller than the one in Sichuan) because buildings are not retrofitted for earthquakes or local building codes are not sufficient. Infrastructure improvements, which do save lives in earthquakes, are, in most places, all too easily put off .
I'm glad you're OK, linjian. :) I recall, for several days after the Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco Bay Area, I was anxious, even though rationally, consciously, I felt I was "fine." I think it's very normal to feel uneasy and not quite yourself after such a disaster, even if you feel you have to be "strong."