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Participants get feel for strong quake in 'Big Shaker'

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 8/26/2014 6:05 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV – Interested in getting the feel of an earthquake without the cleanup afterward? There’s a Big Shaker for that.

The Nevada Seismological Lab brought its earthquake shaker vehicle to Las Vegas. It was available this morning at the Las Vegas Building and Fire Prevention facility for city planners and builders whose job it is to build “EQ tolerant” facilities.

From 8:30 a.m. to around noon Wednesday, it will be at UNLV near the Lied Library.

The simulator is a trailer that is hooked up to hydraulics which can mimic the various directional waves that are felt in earthquakes.

"Though it has been 60 years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Nevada, we can expect three every century," said Graham Kent, director of UNR’s Nevada Seismological Laboratory, in an article posted June 2 at "An earthquake of this size will have major impact on the safety of people and buildings. We are passionate about educating the public on earthquake hazards and preparedness.

“The Big Shaker is an excellent and fun opportunity to help to educate us all on earthquake preparedness."


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