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        Himalayan Megaquake | Building Earthquake-Resistant Homes

        Learn how engineering and construction technologies can help buildings survive earthquakes, in this video from NOVA: Himalayan Megaquake. A wooden frame hidden within the brickwork of an old palace in Nepal provides flexibility and tensile strength, which helped the building withstand a recent earthquake. Taking inspiration from this kind of timber lacing, engineers developed a similar system using local materials available in villages. Instead of using wood beams, villagers form bands using wire cages filled with rocks and mud. These features, called gabion bands, help village homes remain standing when an earthquake hits.

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