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Simple Method Strengthens Schools, Other Buildings Against Earthquakes
February 10, 2009
Civil engineers using a specialized laboratory at Purdue University have demonstrated the effectiveness of a simple, inexpensive method to strengthen buildings that have a flaw, making them dangerously vulnerable to earthquakes.
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