UB Earthquake Facility Shakes It Up For New York City

9:47 AM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Engineers at UB's earthquake facility shook things up Tuesday, literally and it was all in an effort to see how well buildings in New York City might withstand two recent quakes felt elsewhere.

The scientists used their earthquake simulator to see how well two walls they built would hold up to the shaking that Mother Nature delivered in Virginia two years ago.  That's the quake that damaged buildings in and around the nation's capitol.

Not much happened there.

But when they changed the settings to simulate the quake that hit Christ cChurch, New Zealand in February of 2011, the wall that was not up to quake standards cracked.  The retro-fitted wall did not.

The group had to get certain masonry that was used back in the early 1900's when many buildings in New York City were built, to build the walls that were used on their shake table.

The data collected today will be analyzed in their computer programs.

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