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Wood Construction Performs Well in Earthquake Simulation
July 29, 2009

In the world’s largest-ever earthquake simulation held recently in Japan, a full-scale, six-story condominium building made from wood atop a single-story of steel got good marks from researchers for stability and safety after being shaken for 40 seconds in a simulated 7.5 magnitude earthquake. The results demonstrated that wood-frame buildings can be built to withstand major earthquakes and will help researchers validate new design methods for mid-rise, wood-framed buildings in urban, earthquake-prone areas. The advances ultimately will improve the construction and safety of wood buildings in the U.S. and around the world.

Conducted in Miki City, near Kobe, Japan, on the world’s largest earthquake shake table at Japan’s National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, the simulation was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and conducted by researchers from Colorado State University, along with advisors from industry and academia. American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) wood engineering staff served on the advisory committee to the project and AF&PA’s Tokyo staff provided local support.

For more information, visit AF&PA Online.

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