Largest Earthquake Simulator Japan
To get an up-close look at E-Defense, the world’s largest earthquake simulator, Vertiasium’s Peter Lebedev headed to The National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED) facility in Tsukuba, Japan.



In addition to being able to build a 10-story building atop its shake table, the E-Defense team at NIED also showcased a device with two giant rock layers that can simulate the slippage of an earthquake. This is achieved through applying a maximum force of 1,200 metric tons onto two 50-centimeter-wide by 75-centimeter-tall rock layers that measure 6 and 7.5 meters long respectively.

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Largest Earthquake Simulator Japan

Out of all the earthquake simulation devices publicly listed worldwide, this is the largest. By simulating earthquakes, we hope to understand the mechanism of their occurrence and work toward the ability to predict them,” said Futoshi Yamashita, Lead Researcher at NIED.

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