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28 April 2015 at 4:57 GMT
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While right now we need to focus on urgent relief, we must address the reality: it was widely known that a devastating earthquake was going to strike Nepal. While brought on by a geological incident, the disaster in Nepal is the result of human action and development choices. Poor infrastructure, non-compliance with building codes, and poverty meant that the likelihood of a devastating impact quake was much higher in Nepal than elsewhere. Because Nepalese towns are located on or near fault zones, it is critical to invest in and prioritize earthquake-proof infrastructure. This "risk-informed decision-making" is essential to long-term sustainability.
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