How engineering earthquake-proof buildings could save lives

Published September 28, 2017

An article on Futurism about how engineering earthquake-proof buildings could have saved lives in the Sept. 20 earthquake in Mexico City interviews Andrew Whittaker, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering.

A building during an earthquake is like a person standing on a plank supported on a roller, he said. If someone moves the roller, the base can no longer support the upper weight, which could cause the person to fall. In general, the taller the building, the stronger the difference in forces between the bottom and the top, increasing the likelihood that the material could break.

Read the story here.

The article appeared in news outlets that include Yahoo Finance UK, Business Insider and Long Room.