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Re: Italy quake: L'Aquila's new public hospital

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On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 9:08 PM, Paul Ransom <ad026(--nospam--at)> wrote:

Perhaps the hospital was evacuated due to concerns based on cosmetic damage
... and exacerbated by the appraisal of an available architect.

ROME (Reuters) - L'Aquila's new public hospital was hailed as a state-of-the-art, earthquake-proof building when it opened in 2000. But it collapsed along with many centuries-old monuments in the earthquake that struck the city on Monday.

The San Salvatore hospital, evacuated after its walls gave way, forcing doctors to treat quake victims and ordinary patients in a courtyard, has exposed inadequate infrastructure in the area. 

If walls are giving way, it doesn't necessarily sound like cosmetic damage...  Maybe the Reuters reporter was a native Italian-as-first-language, and it doesn't quite translate correctly in English (UK/US/CAN)...  And, maybe the walls that gave way were non-structural partitions.  

Regardless, it's ludicrous that such damage could occur to a new "state-of-the-art" facility.  To have such a "it's not in our culture" attitude with a shrug of the shoulders is shameful.  I'll zip it now...

David Topete, SE