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Patrick Paultre

University of Sherbrooke
"The January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake : seismicity, damage to buildings and challenges of reconstruction"
Jeudi 5 décembre 2013 11h00

Patrick Paultre donnera un séminaire le 5 décembre à 11h en grande salle du bâtiment E.

Patrick Paultre is Professor of Civil Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Earthquake Engineering and Dynamics of Structures at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

Titre :
The January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake : seismicity, damage to buildings and challenges of reconstruction

Résumé :
The January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake was certainly one of the most devastating in modern time. This earthquake caused officially over 300000 casualties, which is equivalent to about 3% of the total population of the country and 10% of the population of the capital, left 1.5M people without a home and over 500000 displaced people. The earthquake left the capital city in a state of emergency up today. The causes of such catastrophe are identified. Examples from engineered buildings are used to identify the most common causes of failure. A multistory building that survived the earthquake is used as an example of what performed well during the earthquake. Suggestions for avoiding the repeat of such catastrophe are presented.