Surprise: Wooden Building Resists 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake

The results of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake test on a 6-story wooden building are in. For 40 seconds, the Earth didn't stand still but the building resisted. The video of its interior is as fun as is terrifying.

Here's an exterior video of the test:

And here are some of the engineers who participated in this test, explaining the experiment:

According to John van de Lindt—principal investigator of the NEESWood Project—"thorough detailed analysis of the data won't be available for weeks, but scientists are pleased with the initial results." According to the experts, this shows that light-frame wood structures could work against earthquakes. At least, if the earthquake is 7.5 magnitude and the building is engineered like this one. [Colorado State]

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