Photos and newsclips show­ing hundreds of collapsed homes bury­ing entire families have become all too commonplace. As residents of North America we are thankful that this sort of calamity doesn’t happen here. The earth­quakes we’re used to seeing (mainly in California) cause inconvenience and in some cases property damage, injury and even some deaths, but nothing as cata­strophic as in Turkey this year and Azerbaydzhan a few years back.