Does Corruption Make Earthquakes Deadlier?
Listen to a story by The World’s Rhitu Chatterjee about Haiti’s seismic risks. It’s followed by our interview with Roger Bilham. He is a geophysicist at the University of Colorado and was the guest in this Science Forum discussion.
Corruption can kill in an earthquake. That’s the conclusion of an article co-authored by Bilham in the latest issue of Nature. His research shows that, over the last 30 years, 83% of all deaths due to building collapses in earthquakes were in countries that are especially corrupt. He contends that an atmosphere of corruption fosters shoddy building practices.
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- Was the high death toll in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti due to corruption?
- Is Haiti rebuilding with future earthquakes in mind?
- Does corruption influence the extent of damage from other natural disasters?
Roger Bilham took questions from our listeners. Read the conversation below.
- Haiti, a year after the earthquake: A story by The World’s Jeb Sharp.
- Corruption in the housing industry led to damage during Hurricane Andrew.