A drill on earthquakes in Sidon, Saturday, March 28, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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As part of efforts to raise awareness on Lebanon's vulnerability to earthquakes, engineers called for an action plan to update the country's weak infrastructure so that it can withstand a sizable temblor.During a conference at BIEL Tuesday to discuss preparing Lebanon's infrastructure for an earthquake, Marie stressed the importance of implementing decree 7964 .Marie said that this alone was a major job as over 60 percent of buildings built before 1990 were not up to the new standards.Marie said it costs 1-3 percent of a new building's budget to meet seismic standards and anywhere from 14-20 percent of an existing building's value to strengthen it.Sursock explained that it is difficult to predict the likelihood of another earthquake this severe but he doubted Lebanon's capacity to withstand another sizable earthquake.Sursock and Marie agree that raising awareness among Lebanese society about the dangers of earthquakes is also important.
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