University of Nevada Expands Earthquake Research

RENO, Nev. — The University of Nevada at Reno is now home to the nation’s largest seismic simulation and research facility, and the second largest earthquake research facility in the world.

The university recently moved three 27-ton shake tables to the newly expanded three-story Earthquake Engineering Laboratory. The 14- by 14-foot shake tables are large platforms controlled by hydraulic jacks that work in tandem with a computerized simulation system. Together, these systems can emulate the force and duration of various earthquakes.

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