Following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria one week ago, faculty members with expertise in earthquake and structural engineering from our Department have been approached by local and national media outlets to offer their analysis and expertise.
They discussed earthquake preparedness, both locally and across BC, demonstrated current technologies, as well as what needs to be done to prevent damage in the event of a future major earthquake.
Turkey earthquake: Why did so many buildings collapse despite new standards? – Global News National, February 10
Dr. Tony Yang speaks to Global News on why thousands of buildings in Turkey still collapsed in spite of having updated building standards in recent years and what could have helped save thousands of lives.
Preparing for a major earthquake in B.C. – CTV News Vancouver, February 9
Dr. Tony Yang and Dr. Mehrtash Motamedi speak with CTV News on how Metro Vancouver buildings would stand up in a similar situation and demonstrate tests and simulations that help find new ways to make buildings stronger.
UBC prof calls for mandatory seismic assessments – Global News BC, February 6
Dr. Perry Adebar appears on Global News to discuss what we could learn from the disaster in Turkey and Syria and what needs to be done to reinforce buildings in BC.