Design and choice of building materials have a major impact on a building’s earthquake safety.
Less rigidity in buildings and a combination of flexing and tensile strength allows for more resistance to earthquakes. Lightness of the building material reduces likelihood of injuries or of people becoming trapped if the building does collapse.
That’s a taste of “Earthquake mitigation for buildings“. One day when a major earthquake is reported on the news, I’d like to know that lives have been saved because appropriate techniques like these were disseminated and applied.