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Building for collapse: Professor designs more resilient steel structure


wildfire rethink

It’s time to rethink wildfire — a disaster like hurricanes and tornadoes… Photo: Noah Berger, Associated Press A fire engine passes flames as the state’s largest-ever wildfire burns near Ventura in a photo from December.

Tongan women highlighted in stories of resilience post-cyclone Gita

A series of articles on the resilience of Tongan women during and after Cyclone Gita aims to highlight the importance of gender equality in decision making.

The personal accounts of women in rural areas of Nuku’alofa and ‘Eua are being published online by the Tongan Women and Children’s crisis centre.

Its director Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki said most of the planning and decision making in Tonga was done by men.

But she argues the resilience and vision shown by so many Tongan women during…


Building for collapse: Professor designs more resilient steel structures

In the span of about 15 seconds, a 1994 earthquake in Northridge, California, became the costliest natural disaster in United States history to date. The exorbitant $20 billion in property damages was due in part to steel structures that fractured unexpectedly. Many of these buildings were nearly brand-new.

Jerome Hajjar, CDM Smith Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern, led a study at the time examining one such building to figure out why it failed. The structure was up to code…

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