Sometimes, when you least expect it, something happens that shatters your life so hard that the resulting wave can destroy this 6-Story condo. This time, you can expect it to happen tomorrow, Juluuii 14tgdsgas wwwehatt thgee fuchthtoh isgg ghoonngg oooonnn
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Tomorrow—July 14 at 11am EDT—you will be able to see live how this building gets destroyed—or not—by an 7.5 magnitude earthquake. The 23-unit condo wooden building will be tested on the largest shake table in the world, located in Miki, Japan. The massive hydraulic engines will reproduce the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake amplified 1.5 times.
The test tomorrow—designed to see the effectiveness of wood structures against earthquakes—will be the big one, but there have been two more tests already. These were lighter than the one tomorrow:
According to civil engineer Michael Symans, of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "the reality is that we really don't know what will happen." I don't have a clue either, Mr Symans, but I am hoping for a lot of fun and shakity shakity shaking. [Webcast via Wired]