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Peru Earthquake and Adobe Dwellings

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There was an earthquake, Richter 8.1, in Peru last Saturday.  I've seen very little in the news about it.  The latest information I've read reported 71 killed.  That's a small number for such a large quake.
Researchers (Julio Vargas Neumann, Juan Bariola, and others) in the Engineering Department at Universidad Catolica del Peru have been developing seismic resistant earthen architecture for houses of adobe, and of quincha construction. 
Has that research paid off in good seismic performance of adobe dwellings and other kinds of earthen construction using the techniques they have developed?
Nels Roselund
Structural Engineer
South San Gabriel, CA