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NSF Webcast: Testing for Earthquakes, Inside and Out

From an elevator to hospital beds, shake-table test will subject a five-story building's inner workings to severe motions from record-setting earthquakes

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Illustration depicting several of the components contained in a massive shake-table experiment.

Illustration depicting several of the components contained in a massive shake-table experiment being conducted by researchers at UC San Diego, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Howard University, San Diego State University. The shake table is part of the NSF-supported Network for Earthquake Engineering Research. For more on the research, see the Project Summary, Industry Steering Committee and Medical Equipment Suppliers pages on the BNCS Web site.

Credit: Detail illustrations and layout Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation; Building illustrations UC San Diego Department of Structural Engineering.


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In this April 17, 2012, webcast, UCSD engineers discuss the shake test of a five-story building outfitted with non-structural elements like elevators and wiring.

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B-roll of the first April 17, 2012 shake test at UCSD. Please contact Dena Headlee for a broadcast quality copy of this B-roll package.

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B-roll of the second April 17, 2012 shake test at UCSD. Please contact Dena Headlee for a broadcast quality copy of this B-roll package.

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B-roll of the May 11, 2012 shake test at UCSD.

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B-roll of the May 15, 2012 shake test at UCSD.

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B-roll of the May 15, 2012 shake test at UCSD.

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