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What principles of building construction are important for helping a building to survive an earthquake?
With Shake Table, visitors can build a building, place it on the earthquake shake table, select an actual historic earthquake and observe how well the building withstands the tremors. A slow motion video replay of the building during the earthquake is viewable on the screen so that visitors can tell exactly how their test building failed and try again.
Visitors will learn about the importance of various building principles as they adjust their buildings to withstand stronger and stronger earthquakes. Using recorded data from recent earthquakes, the table moves in a realistic fashion. There are five earthquakes of varying magnitude available for visitors to choose and two different construction sets.