Faultline: Seismic Science from the Epicenter
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Skyscrapers in an earthquake
from the Engineering page in Damage Control

In this earthquake simulation, the building on the right has a standard foundation; the building on the left has base isolators installed in its foundation. As the ground moves back and forth, the base isolators distort and absorb the motion, significantly decreasing the motion of the building. To repeat animation, click your browser's reload button.

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