"If this was a decent building, my daughter wouldn't have died," said Li Yan, holding a handful of dusty rubble.
I was quite disappointed when I'm reading this news. This kind of construction sacrify 200 innocent children in a primary school in Sichuan province.
This is a report from CNN:
Brian Tucker, a seismologist with the
Thin, bendable wire is the only evidence of rebar, the material that holds concrete structures together. Generally speaking, the less steel in a concrete building, the less strength it has to withstand movement.
"Some of the columns that are broken have exposed rebar that is not tied together essentially with horizontal bands, which makes sure the rebar stays attached to each other and to the concrete," Tucker said.
Reginald DesRoches, a civil engineering professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in
But he said many of the buildings that fell were built before 1976, when an earthquake that killed 250,000 people spurred Chinese authorities to require earthquake-resistant construction for many buildings.
According to China's state-run media, government officials have promised to find out why nearly 7,000 school buildings collapsed during last Monday's earthquake, which measured between 7.9 and 8.0 in magnitude.
A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in
However, Wang Baodong added that "relevant investigations will be conducted at the appropriate time."
Wrenching scenes of survivors being dug out of collapsed schools and apartments after the May 12 earthquake suggest widespread disregard for building codes in the rapidly urbanizing region, according to several civil engineers who spoke to CNN.