A Flexible Bridge Bends the Rules of Earthquake Engineering

For nearly 16 years, Saiidi has kept busy inside the university’s Earthquake Engineering Lab, testing a new kind of bridge that uses materials outside the typical steel and concrete. His tests have shown his design can withstand, at the very least, 7.5 magnitude shakeups. Now, one city is about to be the first to bring his idea to the real world.

Located above a fault zone, Seattle has long been bracing itself for—among others—a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that could level much of the city.http://bit.ly/2hDRlnc

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