The Quake Project

The Quake project is a joint effort by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Community Modeling Environment Project at the Southern California Earthquake Center.

Our goal is to develop the capability for predicting, by computer simulation, the ground motion of large basins during strong earthquakes, and to use this capability to study the seismic response of the Greater Los Angeles Basin. Note that we're not trying to predict earthquakes; rather, we are interested in other questions: if a large earthquake strikes Los Angeles, which regions will be worst stricken? Which seismic frequencies will be amplified most by the soil? Answers to these questions will help city planners set building codes, and will help architects design buildings whose resonant frequencies are not those most strongly excited during an earthquake.




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