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The Dos and Don'ts of Earthquake-Resistant Construction

Houses, Good and Bad

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Houses, Good and Bad

For shape of the house, the simpler and more symmetrical the better. When lateral forces work to pull the building apart, shapes with roughly equally sized walls distribute that force more efficiently.