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Hospital readiness on shaky ground
Whittier Daily News

Recent earthquakes – in Chile, Peru and Japan – have shown that even if a hospital’s walls survive the shaking, it may suffer internal damage to pipes and equipment, shutting off water and power and leaving hundreds of injured residents without a haven for emergency care. That kind of damage is proving the Achilles’ heel of hospital seismic safety, say some experts who urge fixes such as emergency backup generators, bolted-down equipment and anchored water tanks.