When a natural disaster affects the physical structure of classrooms and schools, the continuity of education is typically impacted. Depending on the severity of the disaster, educators and students may spend long periods without teaching or learning. This has been the case for Puerto Rico, an archipelago located in a geographical area vulnerable to climate change, and exposed to storms, hurricanes and seismic activity.
The tremor of magnitude 4.6 on the Ritcher scale, which occurred on March 12 in southern Guayama, and caused structural damage to schools, buildings and homes in different parts of the country, has raised doubts among experts on whether Puerto Rico is ready to withstand a major earthquake.
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The Seismic Design Team from the Department of Civil Engineering University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez will participate in a competition organized by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), which presents the challenge of building a model of building that can resist a strong earthquake.
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