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


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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.

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Meet The Creators

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

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