Good time to revisit building code
Dear Hon Ministers and Members of the National Building Code Committee
On Friday, October 11 at 10.10 p.m., an earthquake occurred north of the Paria Peninsula Trinidad. The event was located at 10.86°N 62.12°W. The magnitude was 6.4 and depth 60km. This event has been reportedly felt in Trinidad and Guyana. Please note that these results are preliminary and may vary slightly when additional data is processed.
It was reported that there was disruption of power on the East-West Corridor and it is too early to tell if any damage to buildings or infrastructure was done .One must not discount the effects of cumulative structural damage which is perhaps one of the worst effects of earthquakes since people often turn a blind eye when these events occur.
This earthquake may just be the wake-up call for us to focus on the comprehensive structural inspection of all public structures and to revisit those buildings air-marked as disaster shelters to ensure these buildings meet minimum safety requirements .
In addition, it is equally important to ensure all new building stock meets the requirements of the seismic code requirements of the IBC codes and that priority be given for funding the development of a national building code .
Chairman, National Building