Skip to main content

Why do buildings fall in earthquakes? - Vicki V. May

1,756,205 Views

21,344 Questions Answered

TEDEd Animation

Let’s Begin…

Earthquakes have always been a terrifying phenomenon, and they’ve become more deadly as our cities have grown — with collapsing buildings posing one of the largest risks. But why do buildings collapse in an earthquake? And how can it be prevented? Vicki V. May explains the physics of why it is not the sturdiest buildings, but the smartest, that will remain standing.

About TED-Ed Animations

TED-Ed Animations feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed Animation? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Educator Vicki V. May
  • Director Adam Comiskey
  • Animator Ashleigh Campbell
  • Artist Adam Southey
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

More from How Things Work