More earthquake coverage, from the New York Times:
Italian Official: In California, No One Would Be Dead
By By Robert Mackey and Liz Robbins
Published: April 7, 2009
As Italy recovers from the deadly earthquake on Monday in the Abruzzo region, an Italian official has blamed poor enforcement of building standards and stated simply: "In California, an earthquake like this one would not have killed a single person."
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