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Umbria quake feedback

INITIAL FINDINGS from Italy's Umbria-Marche earthquakes are due to be presented this month. Priceless art and architectural treasures were destroyed last September in the quakes which also killed two building surveyors.

UK experts from ICE-supported organisations the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team and the Earthquake Field Training Unit visited the area affected by the quakes. They will present their observations and preliminary evaluations on 28 January at the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Damage raised concerns about methods used in the 1960s to repair historic buildings. The roof of the 13th century St Francis Basilica in Assisi caved in and experts feared that replacement of timber beams with concrete had helped cause the collapse.

The meeting, at IStructE's headquarters at 11 Upper Belgrave Street in London, starts at 5.30pm. Details from Alison Bullen, tel: (0171) 665 2238.

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