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Location of new Texas Bio lab is suspect

Emergency Management Alert, November 4, 2008

On November 11, the University of Texas will open a new biological defense laboratory that will study deadly viruses such as Ebola. But the location of the new building that will house the world’s deadliest viruses is puzzling some.
 
The Robert E. Shope Medical Laboratory at the University of Texas in Galveston is located on a barrier island that is regularly assaulted by dangerous hurricanes, according to The New York Times. Most recently, Galveston was hit by Hurricane Ike.
 
The facility is built atop concrete pylons that run 120 feet into the ground, and was constructed to withstand winds up to 140 mph. The only damage to the building during Ike was a puddle of water that leaked into the lobby.
 
Critics argue that Ike was only a Category 2 storm, and the 100 mph winds were nothing compared to what could sweep through the area. In addition, every time a hurricane approaches, scientists will have to stop all experiments and exterminate the viruses they are studying.
 
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