What the experts are saying

What the experts are saying:

“In a hospital, you have patients who need life support. Their support is being supplied by non-structural equipment. A gas line. An electric line.”
-- Tara C. Hutchinson, UCSD professor of structural engineering

“We have a professional community that thinks about structure. There essentially isn’t the professional community for non-structural issues. It doesn’t have a group forcing the attention.
-- Lucile M. Jones, USGS seismologist

“For the most part, I think most of the hospitals are not going to fall down, even the ones in bad shape. But they may be bad enough that you can’t work in them.”
-- Kimberley Shoaf, associate director, UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters

“Japan is very much more advanced than the United States … in earthquake preparedness. But the city of Sendai, with 1 million people, didn’t get their gas restored 100 percent until 84 days after the earthquake.”
-- Yumei Wang, Oregon geotechnical engineer, who visited Japan after its March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

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