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China begins construction of world's largest quake simulator.

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New Delhi New Delhi (dĕl`ē), city (1991 pop. 294,149), capital of India and of Delhi state, N central India, on the right bank of the Yamuna River. , May 26 (ANI): Construction has begun on the world's largest earthquake simulation center at the Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

The center will be able to test the quake-proof capabilities of the city's skyscrapers and stadiums more accurately, and observe the effects of earthquakes on long structures such as bridges, subways and tunnels.

"With a larger total bearing ability, we can set up a bigger and more elaborate model of a structure to put on the vibrators," Li Jianzhong, professor of civil and structural engineering, was quoted as saying by the Shanghai Daily The Shanghai Daily ( Chinese:上海日报 Pinyin:Shànghǎi Rìbào)is one of the English-language newspapers in Mainland China, started in October 1999. Its primary audience is visiting foreigners, mainly overseas investors and tourists . .

"It will allow us to see more clearly how a structure is damaged," he added.

The center's four vibrating vibrating,
v using quivering hand motions made across the client's body for therapeutic purposes.
 platforms will be able to carry 200 tonnes, almost double the capacity of the current largest at the University of Nevada, Reno The University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada or UNR) is a university located in Reno, Nevada, USA, and is known for its programs in agricultural research, animal biotechnology, and mining-related engineering and natural sciences. , in the United States.

According to Li, the vibrating platforms generate a simulated quake to test a construction's smaller-scale models.

"Construction in cities tends to be increasingly higher, and their structure is becoming more complicated. So, it's highly important to test their quake-proof ability before building," Li said.

The center will be in use in 2011. (ANI)

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