Rubber Building Foundation
Name: Michael C.
Would you be able to put a rubber foundation so the
building would just sway back and forth during the earthquake.
Yes, the use of "base isolation systems", which are generally special
rubber pads that bolt between the columns of a building and the ground,
has become relatively common over the last 15 years. These pads let the
building sit relatively still while the ground moves horizontally back and
forth during an earthquake. To learn more about this topic, go to the
following link at the National Information Service for Earthquake
Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley:
Andy Johnson, Ph.D., P.E.
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Update: June 2012