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Mar 10, 2016

Civil in the news: Prof. Carlos Ventura on the risk of liquefaction at new St. Paul's Hospital site

On The Coast highlighted concerns that the new site for St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver could liquefy during an earthquake.

Carlos Ventura, director of UBC’s earthquake engineering research facility, told CBC that while the concern is real, technology and engineering have improved in the past few decades and engineers have come up with structures that will “perform very well” in the event of an earthquake.

The risks can be minimized by doing proper treatment of the soil and providing proper foundations, said Ventura.

Segment starts at 00:53:09.

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