Japan, Mexico to Develop Earthquake-Resistant Building Standards for Haiti

    A cathedral in Port-au-Prince collapses after the January 12 earthquake that devastated city. Japanese and Mexican experts are developing a set of earthquake-resistant construction standards for Haiti. Photo by: Marco Domino / UN

    Japanese and Mexican experts are developing a set of earthquake-resistant construction standards for Haiti, the first to be implemented in the Caribbean country.

    The project, which is part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s post-earthquake response in Haiti, also covers the development and distribution of training materials for anti-seismic housing construction. It also seeks to develop a housing model that complies with earthquake-resistant standards while utilizing materials already available in the country.

    “This project is an example of what governments can learn from one another to lessen the impact of natural disasters”, Kimiaki Jin, JICA’s chief representative in London, said in an e-mailed news release, which noted that Japan and Mexico are also facing risks from destructive earthquakes.

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