SAN DIEGO (AP) — A six-story steel-frame building on the world's largest shake table has undergone one of a series of tests to see how the structure would withstand major earthquakes.
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, witnessed Wednesday the towering building jolting and swaying in a simulation of the 6.7-magnitude Northridge quake.
That temblor caused heavy damage to the Los Angeles area in 1994, but the building withstood the force Wednesday.
The experiment could help determine whether steel frames are a better option than wood frames for tall buildings in earthquake-prone areas.
The construction industry is interested in building tall, steel-frame residential buildings because they are cheaper, faster and more durable than wood-frame buildings.
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