Stricter Building Codes Save Chilean Architecture

2 March 2010 (Last Updated March 2nd, 2010 18:30)

Strict building codes are believed to have saved the majority of Chile's architecture following the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the nation's capital, Santiago, over the weekend. Chilean homes and offices are built with steel skeletons, designed to sway with seismic waves to mini

Strict building codes are believed to have saved the majority of Chile's architecture following the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the nation's capital, Santiago, over the weekend.

Chilean homes and offices are built with steel skeletons, designed to sway with seismic waves to minimise damage.

The buildings survived a higher-magnitude earthquake than Haiti, which was mostly flattened in January.

The Chilean Government takes advice from seismologists and earthquake engineers for contingency planning.