AP IMPACT: Delhi ignores own quake peril warnings

This Dec. 20, 2011 photo shows congested houses built close to each other in India's most crowded northeast district of New Delhi, India. If a major earthquake were to strike India's seismically vulnerable capital, this neighborhood, home to 2.2 million people and India's most crowded district, would likely collapse into an apocalyptic nightmare. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

January 25, 2012 8:18:48 AM PST
The ramshackle neighborhoods of northeast Delhi are home to 2.2 million people packed along narrow alleys. Buildings are made from a single layer of brick. Extra floors are added to dilapidated buildings not meant to handle their weight. Tangles of electrical cables hang precariously everywhere.