Thursday, April 14, 2005

Torre Mayor

Latin America's tallest tower is an office building that sits smack in the middle of one of the world's most active seismic zones. But when a temblor strikes, you may see people in Mexico City running into, not out of, this 57-story giant. The structure, which was completed in August, is packed with the latest anti-quake technology, including concrete-encased steel columns, moment frames and supplemental damping systems, many of which were adapted from declassified military technologies for cushioning aircraft impacts. When a quake hits, the systems work together to cushion the jolts, allowing occupants to ride out the tectonic upheaval in style. The system got an early test in January when a 7.6-magnitude quake hit Mexico City. Though only partially complete, the building sustained no damage whatsoever.

I think a building that can withstand an earthquake is very cool. What used to be a danger during earthquakes is now the safest place to go, which is heplful since there are many earthquakes in that region. Thats probably why it was built in the first place.

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