Apr 26, 2010 1:49 pm US/Pacific
Earthquake Simulation Conducted At LAXLOS ANGELES (CBS) ― A dramatic earthquake simulation was held Monday morning to test the stability and durability of an iconic building at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The Theme Building is bordered by a horseshoe of terminals and is center court at LAX. Its structure has been undergoing renovations since a half-ton block of plaster fell from one of the arches in March 2007.
Scientists wanted to see if their $10 million earthquake-retrofit worked, so they used a machine built was UCLA to simulate a 2.0-magnitude earthquake.
Computer models will be used to see if the building can withstand an 8.0-magnitude temblor.
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