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Quake breaker

Letters to the editor

Re 'Panic in Istanbul' (NCE 2 September) I was struck by an idea: would 'dummy structures' be of any effect in allieviating harm caused to abode and business places?

Earthquakes, like the recent one in Turkey, cause damage by local tectonic movement and propagation of seismic waves from the area where movement occurs. Why not place structures (above or below the ground) to absorb waves of energy (and fail a structure as a result if necessary) before they reach 'built up areas'? Has any research been done in this area?

William Howard, 236 Portland Street, Southport, Lancashire PR8 6LX

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