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Mexico City is subject to intense earth tremors because the city is built upon the loose soil of ancient lake beds. The Torre Mayor, a tall office building in Mexico City, was built with giant “shock absorbers” that are intended to resist earthquakes.
Huge shock absorbers, walls that slide and Teflon foundation pads that isolate buildings from the ground all help explain why medium- and high-rise structures in Japan remained standing in the wake of the country's largest earthquake on record.
Teetering on the crunch point of four tectonic plates, Tokyo’s 13m inhabitants live in daily anticipation of a colossal earthquake, which experts predict could strike any day. Despite this, developers continue to build ever-taller towers.
Actionable and scalable guidance and tools to the private sector, its owners, managers, and employees about the importance of earthquake mitigation and the simple things they can do to reduce the potential of earthquake damages, injuries, and financial losses.
If the sill plate is not securely anchored, an earthquake can cause it to slide with respect to the foundation. When this occurs, there is a greater potential for severe damage as well as injury to you and others.
Because most gas and water lines are rigid, they can be torn from their connection points during an earthquake. The results could include not only serious damage to your property but also injury to you and others.
Some structures are built on cripple walls. As shown in the figure, a cripple wall is a short wall that rests on the foundation and supports the floor and exterior walls. If the cripple wall is not braced,
it can shift during an earthquake.
There are things that you can do to reduce the chances that you or other members of your household will be injured, that your property will be damaged, or that your home life will be unduly disrupted by an earthquake.
The NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures presents the minimum recommended requirements necessary for the design and construction of new buildings and other structures to resist earthquake ground motions throughout the United States.