STANFORD—Anne Kiremidjian, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, talks about the devastating earthquake in Haiti and why so many buildings collapsed.

The island nation of Haiti was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck on Jan. 12. One Haitian official told CNN that the capital, Port-au-Prince, “is flattened.” Thousands of structures ranging from the Haitian National Palace to hospitals and homes stand in ruins.

Kiremidjian predicts it could take Haiti 10 years to recover from the devastation.

Stanford University researchers study earthquakes, how they damage buildings and how buildings can be designed to resist the violent shaking seen in the Haitian tragedy.

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