Earthquake: Internal damage risk for 'safe' buildings

14 November, 2016, NZ Herald

Even buildings that have been deemed safe after an earthquake can have internal damage, Quake Protected says.

Primary focus for this morning's earthquake was examining the structural soundness of buildings and cleaning up the obvious external damage.

But Jeremy Baker from Quake Protected said to expect growing reports of internal damage to office buildings and retail outlets.

"A lot of damage can happen even in buildings that are structurally sound," said Baker.

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"Around 70 - 80% of the total repair cost after an earthquake is usually due to the damage of internal and non-structural elements."
Jeremy Baker - General Manager, Quake Protected.

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