South West England might
not be the first place you'd think to look for advice on surviving
an earthquake – but scientists at the University of Bristol,
with complementary studies from the neighbouring University of the
West of England, are at the cutting edge of research that
explores and develops the basic principles used to protect
structures during earthquakes.
Earthquake damage worldwide is estimated to cost in excess of
US$ 70 Billion a year - and this is without factoring in the
inevitable loss of human life.
The University of Bristol will soon open its new BLADE
laboratory (Bristol Laboratory for Advanced Dynamics
Engineering) – one of the world's largest facilities for
simulating earthquakes, allowing testing and evaluation to improve
the structure and construction of buildings in areas at risk;
avoiding human suffering and the massive economic loss associated
with earthquake damage.
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