Ever wonder how some buildings stay upright during an earthquake? Here's a look at how some structures are built or retrofitted to withstand the violent shaking. Pioneer Courthouse in downtown Portland, for example, uses a “base isolation system.” In the event of an earthquake the building will sway gently back and forth, kind of like a pendulum.
Signs will go up this year at Portland schools at risk of collapse during a large earthquake.
The winner of the 2019 United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Sasakawa Award, Dr. PK Mishra, is the Principal Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister. Here he discusses the importance of resilient infrastructure in the context of climate change and explains the rationale behind the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).