Stringent building codes saved buildings, people in Japan:

Japan's use and enforcement of strict building codes and its efforts to retrofit older buildings to make them earthquake-resistant are being credited for saving buildings and lives. In the U.S., some are looking at those efforts and suggesting steps be taken for more earthquake readiness. "Congress should resist its current temptation to strip funding from the Pacific warning system. Western states should be updating their readiness. New construction should adopt Japan-style quake-proofing in vulnerable regions," says one editorial.

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