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Student Award Of Geoscience Excellence

The Effects Earthquakes have on Structures

Physics and Astronomy
McKenna Wallace

Anita Metcalfe

The purpose of the experiment I did was to find the best structure needed to help buildings survive earthquakes. My question is what are the most robust materials for the effects of earthquakes, what placements of these materials will help it stand? My hypothesis states that If the building structure is not right then the heavy structure will crash. But if the structure is right the building will stand. To start the experiment I first need to grab the materials, then I need to construct the buildings, and last I need to do my experiment. The results of the experiment were that the structure without support had more cracks appear than the structure with supports. The hypothesis stated was supported by the experiment.

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