Vulnerability explained: Bam v Hawaii

Vulnerability explained: Bam v Hawaii

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Bam, Iran, Dec 2003

6.6 magnitude

25,000 deaths

30,000 injuries

Property damage:

  • $10 billion
  • 90,000 people displaced
  • 18,000 buidlings destroyed

Vulnerability:

  • 90% of buildings were mud built with no structural frame
  • $3900 average income
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Hawaii, Oct 2006

6.7 magnitude

0 deaths

Several hundred minor injuries

Property damage:

  • $173 million in damage
  • 1200 buildings damaged

Vulnerability explained:

  • Most buildings could resist the ground shaking with only minor damage:
  • $30,000 average income
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