Quake, quake, go away

French engineers report success in the first test of an underground seismic shield

By Stephen Ornes, 15:12 PM March 1, 2013

The best way to avoid an earthquake might be to make it detour around you. Engineers have designed a new seismic shield to do just that. If successful, it might one day protect a treated area from powerful earthquakes.

 

The French researchers behind the idea recently tested their system in some loose soil outside Grenoble, a French city near the Alps. It proved successful, they reported in January.

 

As shields go, this one looks nothing like the one used by Captain America. In fact, if you stum...

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