Report: Building that collapsed in N.Z. quake was substandard

02/9/2012 | Washington Post, The

The six-story building that collapsed and killed 115 people during last year's earthquake in New Zealand didn't meet building standards, according to a government report. The report noted that not enough reinforcing steel had been added to the load-bearing concrete columns; the gap between the columns and beam panels was insufficient; and the asymmetrical layout of the columns led the building to twist during the earthquake, adding further strain. Alan Reay Consultants, which was responsible for the structural design, said the report was "technically inadequate."

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