The implementation of strict building codes prevented mass fatalities in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on 4 September where a 7.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded, according to city officials.
At least 500 buildings were destroyed in the quake but other buildings only incurred minor damage. No human fatalities were reported.
Only chimneys and walls of older buildings were reduced to rubble. The low number of injuries in the quake has been attributed to the country's strict building codes, reports Associated Press.