Thursday, December 30, 2010
Not Law, but Conscious
The Chinese parliament passed an amendment to a law on earthquake safety. This bill came after the Sichuan earthquake on May 12, 2008 after a number of schools were collapsed due to “Tofu” construction. According to the Xinhua News, the law will impose stricter building standards for schools to make them more resistant to earthquakes. Well, China does not need the law to make the school building safe. It only requires the conscious from people those involved in building the schools including local officials and construction workers. In the Sichuan earthquake case, police stations and city halls withstood structural damaged, but not schools. In Japan, the school will be the last place collapsed by earthquakes because all schools will be shelters for earthquake and disaster relief. Probably, the governmental buildings will collapse before the school.