13 powerful earthquakes have already shaken cities around the globe this month, reiterating the importance of the ongoing work being done to build structures that can withstand earthquakes and keep citizens in high-risk areas safer than in years past.
Last week, researchers and engineers tested a new technology in San Diego called base isolators. The test was conducted on a simulated building sitting on giant hydraulics that imitated the effects and motions of an earthquake. The building contained features like elevators and operating rooms to see how they fared with the technology in place. Similar seismic safety precautions are being put in place on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, the goal being to keep the structures functional after a potential quake hits. Essentially, base isolators allow structures to sway with a quake to avoid catastrophic damage.
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