Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Messy rooms get the earthquake cleanup


"We believe we pretty much know how to keep a building standing," said Ian Buckle, director of the center's Large Scale Structures Laboratory. "Now, it's the contents of a building that's the next challenge. It opens up a whole new arena for us."

This is a 6-axis shake table, which will be cute to run, since nobody installs 6-axis accelerometers! Still, this is funny. Many times I have said to people: "Don't put heavy things over your bed!" I once saw a bedroom near Ottawa, on the bouncy Leda clay. It had the most deadly, heavy, pointy trophies, on a shelf, right over the kid's bed. I told them, and they thought I was weird....

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