The Earthquake Protector

Earthquakes (both in Haiti and right here in Oregon) are on everyone’s mind lately. We recently came across this video on Boing Boing of the initial testing of the Earthquake Protector – a base isolation system for buildings that could help them (and the people inside them) survive major quakes.

It’s pretty amazing to see the difference. Let’s hope that someday in the future all buildings are built to be as earthquake-resistant as the one on the right… (Jump to the 1:00 mark for the most intense test run.)