During a major earthquake, the sounds of chaos compete. Windows shake with a thundering boom. The earth shudders and groans as it rumbles. Screams pierce the air. Glass and shelves crash to the ground. But there is one sound no one should ever have to hear: the terrifying crumbling of masonry and concrete. Earthquakes are one of Mother Nature's cruel inevitabilities. For more than 30 years, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno have been working with the inevitable to minimize its consequences. Now with the largest array of high-performance earthquake simulators in the nation, the College of Engineering is leading the charge in designing structures that are seismically safe and sound.
The summer 2014 issue of Nevada Silver & Blue celebrates the opening of the University's Earthquake Engineering Laboratory and other ways Nevada's faculty is contributing to world-improving research each day. Read more here.