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Model Aims to Reduce Disaster Toll on City's Social, Economic Fabric
September 28, 2010
Researchers have created a computer model that predicts how a disaster's impact on critical infrastructure would affect a city's social and economic fabric, a potential tool to help reduce the severity of impacts, manage the aftermath of catastrophe, and fortify infrastructure against future disasters.
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