Engineers Put Wood House to the Quake Test

A team of engineers has built inside a lab a house that mimics the style of those in California.

Inside a lab, a team of engineers has built a house similar in style to those in quake-prone California: wood frame with a stucco exterior. The University of Buffalo team wants to see whether they can improve the durability of houses in quake zones. George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, University of Buffalo hide caption

itoggle caption George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, University of Buffalo

Simulated Quake Test

Cameras capture the stress on a two-story wood-frame house put under the pressures of a simulated magnitude 6.7 earthquake.

In Buffalo, N.Y., a team of engineers is sorting through the debris inside a two-story wood-frame house that was struck by an earthquake. It was the only house in Buffalo hit by a quake, because the engineers built the house on top of a pair of tables that simulated a real earthquake.

The house was built to mimic the style of houses in quake-prone California: wood-frame with a stucco exterior. The University of Buffalo engineers want to see whether they can improve the durability of houses in quake zones.

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