Let’s talk about Turkey. No, not the bird. The country. Let’s talk about Istanbul.
Istanbul has been a prominent city for thousands of years (known first to the ancients as Byzantium, then Constantinople) because it’s centrally located for trade and travel between Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Unfortunately, it’s also centrally located near the confluence of the Arabian, African, and Eurasian tectonic plates – a prime earthquake zone. (The IFRC and Turkish Red Crescent Society have been involved in responding to – and helping prepare for – a number of earthquakes there.)
Which is why engineers designed the new international terminal at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport to be the world’s largest earthquake-safe building. Basically, it’s a reinforced structure built on top of bearings that allow it to roll around while the building itself stays intact.
Think of it as a brick sitting on top of (very safe) skateboard as opposed to a Jell-O mold sitting on top of a washing machine. Significantly reduced wobble. (That’s the way I think of it anyway.)
Read a more detailed explanation on Wired Science.