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Oaxaca earthquake, one day later

A major earthquake struck Mexico just after 11 a.m. Pacific Time yesterday. Initial reports put the magnitude at 7.9 and relatively close to the surface, which would be a very serious earthquake. However, news reports from Mexico City and then …
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New approaches to earthquake forecasting

In this interview with Thompson Reuters ScienceWatch, UC Davis interdisciplinary professor John Rundle talks about the new approaches that he and his collaborators have developed to understanding earthquakes over the past 20 years or so. Rather than treating them as …
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Retaining walls shaken in test, but not broken

UC Davis civil engineering professor Dawn Cheng recently carried out a series of tests at UC San Diego’s Englekirk Structural Engineering Center. The center has the largest outdoor shake table in the world — meaning that you can build a …
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Virtual Reality demos at AGU

If you are among the 16,000 people attending the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco this week, scientists from the UC Davis KeckCAVES facility will be running several demonstrations of their interactive virtual reality technology. The demonstrations will be …
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Earthquake damage photo collection

Geotechnical engineers Ross Boulanger of UC Davis and J. Michael Duncan of Virginia Tech have compiled a comprehensive collection of photos of all kinds of damage the planet can do to our puny human structures, and some of the techniques …
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NASA turns 50: the UC Davis connections

If you’ve been to the Google home page this morning and clicked through the doodle, you’ll know that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established on July 29, 1958. To mark the occasion, here’s a roundup of UC Davis …
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A View From the New Bay Bridge

The Sacramento Bee’s Ngoc Nguyen took a tour of the new Bay Bridge currently under construction and the Bee has some nice video of the structure on its website. CalTrans is now working on the suspension span of the bridge, …
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Earthquake equipment show video

A nice report on yesterday’s earthquake engineering equipment show from Vic Lee of ABC-7. Good Day Sacramento also have a piece on the T-Rex ground shaking truck from the University of Texas, although it’s hard to link to individual pieces …
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T-Rex makes the earth shake

I was out at the Center for Geotechnical Modeling on the west side of campus this morning watching T-Rex, an earthquake research machine from the University of Texas, do its stuff for a local TV news show. T-Rex vibrates the …
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Earthquake engineering conference next week

As this week’s disaster in China shows, earthquakes are some of the most destructive of all natural disasters. Exactly how earthquakes cause such damage, how it can be simulated in the lab and what can be done about it is …
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