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Seismic-resistant features of Machu Picchu

Some of the most sacred Inca buildings in Peru were constructed with precisely fitting stones held together by gravity alone. Even a credit card can’t be inserted into these mortar-free cracks. Peru is highly seismic and majorearthquakes are part of its history. For example, a 1746 event completely destroyed the capital city of Lima. It was one of the strongest seismic events in modern times. But Inca construction has a remarkable number of design features that protect buildings against collapsing in an earthquake.

Breathtaking aerial nature photos by Jason Hawkes (32 pictures)

Jason has specialized in aerial photography since 1991, is based just outside London in the UK, and works worldwide. He shoots from single days for architectural visualisation companies to organising multi shoot ads for large ad agencies, annual reports, and even whole image libraries for branding agencies, working all over the world and organising all helicopters, production and permits needed.