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Wind, quake studies sway building codes worldwide
October 15, 2004

While the 2004 hurricane season has put Florida’s buildings and building codes to the test, on the other side of the country a WSU professor is trying to understand how destruction like that wrought in Florida can be curbed.Hurricane Charley flattened more than 12,000 homes in Florida, according to the Associated Press. The damage from Hurricane Jeanne alone has been estimated as high as $9 billion. The four Florida storms have so far produced 2 million insurance claims, said the Insurance Information Institute. That’s the equivalent of one claim for every five homes in Florida. Few of these homes were built under the state’s three-year-old … » More …