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N.Z. Healthcare Facility Vulnerable to Earthquakes


By Cathryn Jakicic Health Care Facilities

One of New Zealand's newer healthcare facilities has been found to be vulnerable to earthquakes, according to an article on the Stuff website.

One of the newest buildings at Hawke's Bay Hospital, built in 2004, was found to be at risk.

When assessed by Opus engineers in 2017 it was found to meet just 15 percent of the National Building Standard, meaning it was classed as earthquake-prone, and had "a risk to occupants greater than 25 times that expected for a new building."

The engineers said that the building was above an area of uncontrolled fill and its foundations would not be able to sustain significant tension loads caused by earthquakes.

Read the article.

 This Quick Read was submitted by Cathryn Jakicic, Healthcare Industries Editor, FacilitiesNet. For about hospital campuses and other medical facilities, visit https://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities.

 

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