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Earthquake Engineering

More than 75 million Americans alone live in places at risk for earthquake devastation. Worldwide, earthquake engineers are proving there's much we can do.

They're designing buildings that bend, twist, and then snap back into shape. They're putting older buildings on devices that let them slide around harmlessly. And they're building full-size test structures and shaking them up.

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Bridge to Classroom: Engineering for Earthquakes

Bridge to Classroom: Engineering for Earthquakes

Can you design a bridge able to survive an earthquake 10 times stronger than the one that broke California's Bay Bridge? This site gives you what you'll need (including great info about quakes). More...

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Earthquake Simulation Will Lead to Disaster Resistant Homes

Earthquake Simulation Will Lead to Disaster Resistant Homes

Japanese and US researchers created the biggest earthquake simulation ever to help find ways to build safer homes. Watch!

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New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television
Tsunami Defence

Tsunami Defence

Can we do anything about tsunamis, those monstrous waves often produced by undersea earthquakes? Some British engineers think they might be able to. More...

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University College, London
What Makes the Earth Shake?

What Makes the Earth Shake?

Earthquakes happen in every U.S. state. But they're more likely to happen, and be stronger, where the Earth's giant "tectonic plates" meet. More...

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Sciencenter
Earthquake Engineering Picture Gallery

Earthquake Engineering Picture Gallery

Forget the Zipper. Here's a ride that lets you experience famous earthquakes! See it and other amazing earthquake-related objects in this image gallery. More...

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Earthquake Shake Table Rocks Buildings

Earthquake Shake Table Rocks Buildings

There's no need to guess what would happen to, say, a 7-story building in a powerful earthquake. You can build a replica on a huge shake table and see. More...

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Engineering: Dream Up the Future

Engineering: Dream Up the Future

Wondering what engineering careers are available? Or looking for advice about how to get into the engineering program of your choice? Find out how to "engineer your path" with this helpful site. More...

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How Earthquake-Resistant Buildings Work

How Earthquake-Resistant Buildings Work

Could a building be bent and twisted and then return to its original shape? Could it become "invisible" to shock waves? Here's an in-depth look at earthquake engineering. More...

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Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

Click here and dig deep into NEES: the network of scientists trying to protect people from earthquakes. (Or check out "Exciting Earthquake Experiments" for a more basic overview of this effort.) More...

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National Science Foundation
Exciting Earthquake Experiments

Exciting Earthquake Experiments

Engineers across the US are working together and using advanced technology to keep people safer during earthquakes. More...

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Scientist Profile: Earthquake Scientist

Scientist Profile: Earthquake Scientist

In 1978, when he was a college student, a large earthquake struck Colombia. That's when Jose Restrepo decided to study earthquakes and to engineer structures more resistant to an earthquake's shock. More...

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Seismic Engineering and Retrofitting in San Francisco

Seismic Engineering and Retrofitting in San Francisco

An old courthouse in San Francisco, which survived the city's horrible 1906 earthquake, now sits atop "seismic isolators." It will ride out the next quake like a skateboarder! More...

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