Experts knock building standard
INADEQUATE BUILDING STANDARDS here could lead to thousands being killed or seriously injured if a major earthquake or hurricane struck the island.
This assessment has come from chartered structural engineer Grenville Phillips II in the wake of last Thursday’s earthquakes.
“The United Nations assessed Barbados’ infrastructure in its Global Assessment Report (2013) and placed Barbados in its worst possible damage assessment category for earthquakes and hurricanes, with no upper limit on the amount of damage predicted,” said Phillips, who has worked on a wide range of engineering projects throughout the Caribbean.
“Recent seismic studies of Barbados (Salazar et al, 2013) have shown that Barbados is significantly more at risk to major earthquakes than predicted by the UN,” he said. (SP)
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