Sunday, April 2, 2006

Pakistan Rebuilds Balakot - the Smart Way

The BBC reports that Pakistan is going to rebuild the city of Balakot, which was devastated by a magnitude-7.6 earthquake last October.  Home to over 300,000 people before the quake, the city sat on a major seismic fault.  The quake killed more than 70,000 throughout the region, and left 3,000,000 homeless.

But Pakistan is being smart about this.

Balakot will be rebuilt - but it will be rebuilt to modern, earthquake-resistant standards.

Even more importantly, it will be rebuilt somewhere safer.

Hey, New Orleans, are you listening?

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