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Video of Simulated Soft-Story Building Collapse due to Earthquake

In the following video clip, engineers test a soft-story building with a 6.7 magnitude simulated earthquake to determine the effects of a large earthquake on buildings with a soft-story condition. The results are quite dramatic, as the bottom floor of the building collapses, and the building topples sideways. Click on the link below to watch the video of the test; visible shaking starts at 0:33.

Soft-Story Collapse Video. For more information about the simulation, click here.

Here’s a video of another test in Japan of two soft story buildings side by side.  One of them is retrofitted and another is not.  Guess which one remains standing!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about soft-story retrofitting or your building, feel free to give me a call at (510)272-9999 or e-mail me at info@test.enginious-structures.com.

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