Photo by Flickr user Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Ben Reese, AusAID representative learns first-hand the processes of reconstructing a school building in an effort to make it more earthquake proof. CC BY 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfataustralianaid/10703119813/

Australian expertise could help prevent another earthquake disaster

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An Australian earthquake engineer has called on the Australian federal government to provide building expertise to Nepal, reports the Fifth Estate. 'What the people need is education and demonstrations on how to make their buildings more resilient before they rebuild. Some good Australian reinforcing steel would be very useful – that and the tools to use it to reinforce their masonry buildings'...

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