Thursday, January 19, 2006

Singapore earthquake proof?

An earthquake expert said that Singapore should conduct long term study focusing on how its reclaimed land reacts to earthquake. Reclaimed land usually amplifies earthquake shaking. From Yahoo News:
Rice said a sustained study was necessary because Singapore's situation is "roughly analogous" to that of Mexico City, which was devastated by an earthquake in 1985 because it was built on an old lakebed.

"You have extensive areas of marine clays, soft sediments, reclaimed land and you're going to have more," he said.

Singapore should not rely on its experience as a modern nation to think it was immune from the threat of a major earthquake off Sumatra's western coast, Rice said.

4 comments:

Nobody said...

I think I better think twice about buying that apartment with great sea view in East Coast...

Cheers!!!

Anonymous said...

And how much we wish that condo prices in East Coast will drop because of this.

Anonymous said...

Shit! I stay in East Coast. Should I move to safer grounds? ;oP

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this will force the governtment to take earthquake seriously.