SAN DIEGO, Calif. – On April 17, 2012, an NSF-supported team of researchers will shake a full-size building outfitted with the myriad inner workings of modern life.

From elevators to ceiling tiles, hospital equipment to computer servers, and wiring to pipes, numerous non-structural elements will be tested as a five-story concrete building shakes from the motions of the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 2010 San Pedro earthquake in Chile.

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The testing will take place atop the outdoor shake table at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), part of NSF’s 14-site national Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. Reporters can attend via a Q+A webcast hosted by NSF within hours of the actual shake.

To participate in the NSF Q+A webcast with study leads Tara Hutchinson and Jose Restrepo, along with NSF NEES program manager Joy Pauschke, contact NSF media officer Josh Chamot at (703) 292-7730 or for the webcast participant passcode and phone number.

Who: Principal investigator Tara Hutchinson, Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, co-principal investigator Jose Restrepo, Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, NSF NEES program manager Joy Pauschke

What: Full-scale shake test of five-story hospital/office building and its internal components and follow-on webcast

When: NSF Webcast: April 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. PDT)

Where: NSF Webcast:

To attend the shake in person, contact UC San Diego media officer Ioana Patringenaru at (858) 822-0899 or for instructions and guidelines. We are asking that media RSVP for the on-site event by noon April 16.