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October 17, 2019

How injecting nutrients into the soil could protect structures from earthquakes

  • Using bioremediation prevents water from accumulating in the soil by creating air pockets — making the ground more stable.
    Special to the Journal

    Photo courtesy of Portland State University [enlarge]
    Crews used a mobile field shaker called “T-Rex” in Portland to test the effectiveness of a new method for preventing damage from earthquakes.

    As structural engineers continue to study new ways to mitigate damage to buildings during an earthquake, Arash Khosravifar is digging deep for answers.

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