Look at this. Very closely. What do you see?
You see foot thick concrete, and no rebar to brace it. Thankfully, not everything there was built like this road apparently was, but the fact that anyone would consider laying down concrete without a bit of steel (in one of China's chief steelmaking regions) speaks volumes about how things were (sadly) done there.
And yes, rebar alone would not have prevented all of this tragedy--earthquake zone architecture is more sophisticated than that--but the lack of it in certain places speaks volumes about a commitment (or lack thereof) to basic building codes.
Happy birthday, Dad - My dad would have celebrated his 80th birthday today. I wrote a version of the following a few years back and I'm reposting it here today, with just a few ...
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