Buildings must have improved design to help them perform optimally during earthquakes, said Des Bull, a concrete design engineer at Canterbury University in New Zealand. Base isolation and precast seismic structural systems are two systems that could be used. "There are plenty of options with new technologies for future buildings just to rearrange the connections between the walls, beams, columns and foundations such that we don't have these intrinsic, systemic problems that we have with all our current building stock," said Bull.

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