U.S. builders can learn from Mexico, which avoided severe damage and casualties from a magnitude 7.4 earthquake because of its strengthened building codes, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. "Mexico has taught the world a valuable lesson -- that strong, well-enforced building codes can, and do, save lives and reduce property damage. Now, we call on officials here in the United States to learn from Mexico and take steps to enact strong, statewide building codes that will protect citizens and preserve homes and businesses," IBHS chief executive Julie Rochman said in a statement.

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