we need to introduce and enforce new building legislation and strengthen the nuclear reactors - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 23.03.11 | 18:28 (IST)

    A good start would be to introduce legislation saying that all new builds must be made earthquake proof to a certain minimum standard ... the money these new builds sell for the developers can afford to build stronger buildings. Even the newest buildings are still built using the old idea of building on stilts. If those stilts give way then so does the building. So lets make sure all new builds are earthquake proof. Buildings with more than about 10 stories high should at the very least be enclosed so if the stilts give way the whole building won't come down. The first thing that must be done is the Dimona and Sorek nuclear reactors. Both are over 50 years old and certainly Dimona is near a fault line. spend some real money on Dimona and Sorek, there is no excuse not to do something about them. If Japan can have problems with a reactor built in the 70s then Israel can have problems with reactors built in the 50s. Lets not have another Carmel fire situation whereby we retired all the firefighting aircraft to save money and when when the disaster happened we were unable to do anything and the only reason we even got it out was because of international goodwill. Lets not wait for the earthquake which will cause loss of life before we decide if only we had spent a little bit of money before this then these people would still be alive and we wouldn't have hundreds of billions of dollars worth of damage. We need real building codes which are enforced to the letter and we need to spend money on strategic buildings like the nuclear reactors or large population centers. its not going to buy any political points but it will save lives.

    from the article: State Comptroller: Israel must stop ignoring earthquake warnings
    First published 13:09 23.03.11 | Last updated 13:09 23.03.11
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