Wednesday, February 23, 2011
New Zealand Earthquake - Modern Buildings Take the Hit
The hotel on the bottom is tottering like many a tree I've dealt with at the cottage. When it starts making noises and starts to tilt - RUN LIKE HELL!
This is exactly what happened to modern buildings in Chile, and I wrote up the articles on that. There is a major flaw in the physics of earthquake design, and these buildings on parking garages flop over like my dog on a hot day. I am warming up my analysis ability, and may soon have some results (keeps the brain plaques away, and gives me an excuse to buy an AMD x6!!)
I sure wish they had an accelerometer in the basement!