Fake Quakes For Safety

from the sounds-good dept

Living in earthquake country makes you a bit more attuned to questions about just how sturdy the building you’re in might be. While there are all sorts of claims concerning how new buildings are designed to resist earthquakes, it still seems like plenty of buildings fall down every time the ground shakes around these parts. So, it’s good to see a number of universities are building fake quake laboratories where building materials can be tested under very strong earthquake like conditions to see how well they hold up.

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