With the news this morning of major aftershocks being felt in Chile, many of us are questionning just how vulnerable our homes and buildings are.
A while back, I blogged about the earthquake proof house.
Today, I thought I’d share a little bit about the earthquake proof airport.
The Sabiha Gökçen International Airport terminal in Istanbul opened on Halloween 2009 and is the largest “seismically-isolated” (aka earthquake-protected) building in the world.
But why bother with such complex construction? Since Istanbul is located over three tectonic plates, a major earthquake is likely to occur in the near future — in fact, there’s about a 60 percent chance that an earthquake will level the city by 2040. An airport that’s still standing can be used to fly in emergency medical supplies and food, key components of disaster relief.
Hey Port of Portland, are you listening?