Nepal quake could have been much worse: Here’s why

The structural engineer strides through Kathmandu’s old city, past buildings reduced to rubble, buildings whose facades are cracked in dozens of places, like the fractured shell of a hardboiled egg. But it’s the many buildings that made it unscathed through the earthquake that amaze Kit Miyamoto.

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Yeager airport – a massive, damaging fill slope landslide

Yeager Airport

Yeager Airport is located about 5 km east of downtown Charleston in West Virginia, USA. The airport is located on top of a hill, with steep slopes on several sides, including at the end of the main runway. In 2005 a project was initiated to increase safety at Yeager Airport by creating an over-run area at the end of the runway, including the installation of an EMAS, which is a concrete surface that is designed to bring aircraft to safe stop. In 2010 this successfully arrested an over-running regional jet:

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