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Why Mexico is at the epicenter of the month’s most prominent natural disasters
About two weeks ago, Hurricane Katia made landfall near Tecolutla, Mexico, about 200 miles east-northeast of Mexico City. It was only a Category 1 storm when it landed — relatively tame compared with the landfall of Hurricane Irma, which was whipping through the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. Nonetheless, two people were killed by the storm.
That was on Sept. 8. A few hours earlier, a massive earthquake shook the country farther south, killing more than 60 people. That quake, though, was nothing compared with the one that struck the nation’s capital Tuesday. That quake killed more than 200 people, crumbling buildings and crippling much of the city.
September has, in one sense, been an unlucky month for Mexico. But there are few places on the planet besides Mexico where the bad luck of a…
Concrete and masonry – Building resilience in the urban environment
Since the July issue, which featured my article entitled Masonry solutions are key to building more homes, a response to the Housing White Paper, the future landscape for building control has come under some scrutiny following the Grenfell disaster.
And yet the fundamentals of our building regulations can still be seen to be based on sound principles that address most of the key issues for a safe future built environment. However, there are further questions, in particular their relevance to one of the key headings in the article; that of “resilience”.
Resilience can be described as the ability to withstand and recover from extreme events, and to endure in changing conditions. It can be considered from a wide range of perspectives, at a global or national level, for a city, society or business, right down to the personal resilience of an individual and, of course, their home.
It is going to take a multifaceted approach to ensure our housing, buildings and infrastructure are truly resilient to addressing predicted climate change, as…
Hurricane Maria Closes In On New Targets After Devastating Puerto Rico
As Puerto Rico sought to deal with unprecedented devastation from Hurricane Maria, residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas were bracing for the storm’s wrath on Friday.
The National Hurricane Center said Maria is expected to weaken and spin out into the Atlantic after hitting the islands. Forecasters said the storm could stall in the ocean off the southeast coast of the U.S., which would mean the potential of a U.S. landfall could exist for several days.
The Category 3 storm was packing winds of up to 125 mph with hurricane-force winds extending 70 miles out from its eye…