Smash Lab tries to build an earthquake-proof house

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - Feb• 06•08

Tonight on Discovery Channel, the Smash Lab team of maverick engineers attempts to construct an earthquake-proof house. Yeah, I’m interested. We lost some walls in the 1971 Sylmar quake, and some bookcases in the 1994 Northridge quake.

The idea comes from inside the hold of an aircraft, where a system is used to move cargo with almost zero friction. By building an artificial earthquake machine, the Discovery’s Smash Lab team tests whether this anti-shake airplane technology can be used to isolate a house from an earthquake’s tremors.

The show airs tonight at 10 p.m. Check out this YouTube video:

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