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The first earthquake resistant building in Fort Portal has been opened. The house, located on the borders of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, moderate earthquakes between 4.5 and 6.5 on the Richter scale. Adolf Kahuma, the Fort Portal Municipal Engineer, says the building constructed by the Western Region Seismic Constructors Association will be used as a prototype for other structures in the region. He says it will also serve as a resource center for the teaching of earthquake management. Earthquakes and tremors in Western Uganda are a common occurrence because it is located in an area of high volcanic activity around the Great Rift Valley. The earthquake resistant building is constructed with stabilized cement and compressed blocks. They key to its resistance is to build with materials that reduce the motion caused by ground shaking. In October 1994, an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hit the Kabarole district, leading to the death of 8 people and destruction of property.