- Title: JAPAN: Biggest quake simulation performed on wooden building in Japan
- Date: 16th July 2009
- Summary: KOBE, JAPAN (FILE - JANUARY 1995) (REUTERS) AERIAL SHOT OF DESTROYED AREAS IN 1995 KOBE EARTHQUAKE VARIOUS OF DAMAGED BUILDINGS CLOSE UP OF DAMAGED BUILDING VICTIMS WALKING THROUGH RUBBLE MORE OF VICTIMS AND RUBBLE VICTIM LEANING OUT OF DESTROYED HOUSE
- Embargoed: 31st July 2009 13:00
- Location: Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes
- Reuters ID: LVA8MMQX34LBTUQQKOOMUQSA1O6W
- Story Text: Japanese and U.S. scientists conducted the biggest earthquake simulation ever performed on a wooden structure Tuesday (July 14) in search of ways to better protect homes and apartments in the future.
The 40-second experiment, held in the southern Japanese city of Miki, used a seven-story wooden building placed on the world's largest shake table, and measured the building's movements by exposing it to the equivalent of a 7.5 magnitude quake.
Among the researchers and engineers who joined the test were those from Japan's National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) and the U.S. National Science Foundation.
The seven-story tower, which contained 23 bedrooms inside, was the biggest wood-framed building ever constructed for the purpose of an earthquake simulation, researchers said.
In Japan, a magnitude 7.3 tremor hit the city of Kobe in 1995, killing more than 6,400.
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