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New or renovated federal buildings will have to comply with a new, stronger standard for earthquake resilience. (Photo: iStock)

President Barack Obama signed an executive order yesterday requiring all new or renovated federal buildings to be equipped with the latest protections against earthquakes, the Associated Press reported.

The executive order creates a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard, which the White House says will improve federal buildings’ resilience to earthquakes, making them safer and lowering the costs for recovering from a quake.

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