World's largest shake table to test wood-frame building

07/14/2009 | Wired magazine

Engineers today were to test the sturdiness of wood-frame buildings by subjecting a six-story condo building to a simulated earthquake. The building was to be tested on the world's largest shake table, a 50-by-60-foot contraption in Miki, Japan. "We don't expect it to collapse, but we expect it to be very vulnerable to a strong aftershock that could cause it to collapse," said civil engineer Michael Symans of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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