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Designing buildings to survive natural disasters

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Japan is continuing to deal with the destruction caused across the country by the largest earthquake on record.

Thousands of people killed after the tremor triggered a tsunami that swept through cities, towns and villages.

From Haiti to Chile, New Zealand and now Japan, recent natural disasters cause widespread damage an suffering.

Tim Willcox speaks to Thomas O'Rourke, Professor of civil and environment engineering from Cornell University about the 'new normal' of natural disasters.

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