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Earthquake! University of Nevada Builds Better Structures with Technology

by on May.14, 2009, under Storage

Earthquake! University of Nevada Builds Better Structures with Technology

When I was a sophomore in high school we had a 6.8 earthquake on a Wednesday at 11am. I distinctively remember being in Spanish class and seeing the lights begin to sway. The high school I went to is over 100 years old, survived a fire and a mud slide and we really weren’t sure if our luck would hold and the school would survive another natural incident. Luckily, there were no serious injuries and no serious damage despite the magnitude of the quake. Ever since then I’ve been really interested in earthquakes and how they affect the world around us.


Yesterday was a quiet day here in Reno as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalist’s projects were judged. To pass the time and show some international media around Reno, we visiting the University of Nevada Reno’s seismology lab where we got to check out some amazing experiments around earthquake preparedness. One of the experiments we saw was on what’s called a “shake table” which is exactly what it sounds like, a table that they build structures on, then shake with earthquake force to see if it can withstand the movement. This technology and research will hopefully help build stronger structures and ultimately lower the number of casualties and deaths during earthquakes. Although we missed the live experiment, I still took some video of our guest speaker, the lab, tables and the international press exploring J.


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