Perfect Storm in the Middle East

Thanks to Joe Achenbach for the image above. Among the many ways he helps inform his column, I always appreciate his interest in using flight-simulator technology to study earthquake shaking. A story, published in…

Perfect Storm in the Middle East

Thanks to Joe Achenbach for the image above. Among the many ways he helps inform his column, I always appreciate his interest in using flight-simulator technology to study earthquake shaking. A story, published in the New York Times in March of 2001, on the topic included an astounding (and hopefully novel) observation about the Chinese. Those building quake sites were able to be “walked” from to the new site by the developers, no expensive special vehicles required. Although always somewhat speculative, this awe-inspiring technology (courtesy of Global-Skyscraper.com) opens up new possibilities for earthquake research, which will have huge implications for us in terms of earthquake-resilience training and earthquake prediction. One of the capabilities of this particular advancement is that with the technology involved, this process can be done remotely, without impacting the seismicity of the region (so really remote sensing).

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