Skyscrapers vs Earthquake: The Benefits Of Reinforced Concrete

Tyler Durden's picture

Skyscrapers made in Japan:

Skyscraper being made in Taiwan:

Read all about the various earthquake mitigation strategies for skyscrapers here.

h/t hitthebit

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Hedgetard55's picture
Luk 21:10 Then He said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
Luk 21:11 "And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
InconvenientCounterParty's picture

"...and a great chariot will blaze across they sky and plunge into the sea." And the pious will be tempted by three card monte.

From God's mouth to my ears, there has never been a more certain set of prophecies, as famine earthquakes and pestilence.

I added the part about my favorite scam.

flacorps's picture

1. North Korea is a very hard target, dug in so deep in some places that a hydrogen bomb wouldn't even be heard down there.

2. Lockheed Martin wants the next manned space program to go not to the moon or Mars, but to an asteroid. It's called the Plymouth Rock project.

3. Listed among the reasons to go is so that we can learn to steer them. Ostensibly away, but of course what can be steered away can also be steered TOWARD.

4. Revelations has something like a burning mountain coming out of the sky. Pretty graphic for 2,000 years ago, when nobody knew from re-entry.

mophead's picture

Great, yet another make work project. Let's pretend we're trying to defend the earth from asteroids. And yet another racket is born.

Jason T's picture

Nibiru??  Stuff interrelates.

Spalding_Smailes's picture


BEEBE, Ark. — Preliminary autopsies on 17 of the up to 5,000 blackbirds that fell on this town indicate they died of blunt trauma to their organs, the state's top veterinarian told NBC News on Monday. Their stomachs were empty, which rules out poison, Dr. George Badley said, and they died in midair, not on impact with the ground.

Dead Birds Fall From Sky In Sweden, Millions Of Dead Fish Found In Maryland, Brazil, New Zealand

UPDATE: Hundreds and possibly thousands ofdead birds have reportedly fallen from the sky in Italy.


UPDATE: Wildlife officials say that even more previously unreported dead birds were found in Kentucky last week.

Millions of dead fish surfaced in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay in the U.S., Tuesday, while similar unexplained mass fish deaths occurred across the world in Brazil and New Zealand. On Wednesday, 50 birds were found dead on a street in Sweden. The news come after recents reports ofmysterious massive bird and fish deaths days prior in Arkansas and Louisiana.

The Baltimore Sun reports that an estimated 2 million fish were found dead in the Chesapeake Bay, mostly adult spot with some juvenile croakers in the mix, as well. Maryland Department of the Environment spokesperson Dawn Stoltzfus says "cold-water stress" is believed to be the culprit. 

ParanaOnline reports that 100 tons of sardines, croaker and catfish have washed up in Brazilian fishing towns since last Thursday. The cause of the deaths is unknown, with an imbalance in the environment, chemical pollution, or accidental release from a fishing boat all suggested by local officials.

In New Zealand, hundreds of dead snapper fish washed up on Coromandel Peninsula beaches, many found with their eyes missing, The New Zealand Herald reports. A Department of Conservation official allegedly claims the fish were starving due to weather conditions.



joker78160's picture

whoever flagged this as junk should be ashamed of themselves.

Spalding_Smailes's picture

Might be the liberal scum who love the moral decay of the world. 

Abortion rights / killings √

Massive Drug use - Substance abuse √

Destruction of the family model √

No more black and white - right and wrong √

No moral code / compass √

Greed √


Ect, ect, ect ....


Crummy's picture

Or, it might be Satan himself eating fetuses and typing away on his computer.

Let's keep this rational for now, at least till the sound of angels trumpets buzz in your ears.

Spalding_Smailes's picture

Look at the USA and what she has become ....

12-14 year old girls walking around dresses like prostitutes ... Maybe if the divorce rate was not so high and everyone was not worried about keeping up with the joneses , all the pill popping drug use behind closed doors they would be bringing up a nice family, doing what's right .... ?

Arthor Bearing's picture

The word you're looking for is nihilism. Rather than impotently pointing out problems (speaking generally, I'm not saying that's what you're doing), we should be developing a model for our world which is worth an intelligent person's sincere faith and belief. Defeat nihilism with a great leap forward of human thinking! This will be the new beginning which stems from the coming end

StychoKiller's picture

But, thinking is hard work!  Who needs thinking when there's "free" bread and circuses?

IQ 145's picture

 Hey lighten up; what have you got against 12 year old hotties ? --"doing what's right--" my ass; nothing but hypocrisy.

Bananamerican's picture

Smailes, I'm a Lutheran but i will junk you on sight until you repent your dumbshit, right-wing partisan ways, ya fuckin' kook!

Pool Shark's picture


Turn the other cheek much?


Non Passaran's picture

Everyone is free to become whatever they want as long as they don't violate rights of others.

And by the way, I'm junking you for this copy-and-paste garbage content. I've seen a message with the same content few days ago and it was worthless and annoying then just as it is now.

Dr. Porkchop's picture

Perhaps we should look to the Christian right for guidance...or wait...Why is it that the so called moral religious leaders are always the ones getting caught doing meth and diddling little boys? They're all on the take, just like the fucking bankers...and they're all full of shit.

Spalding_Smailes's picture

Always said the Catholic Church was a den of vipers / scum ......

The New Testament / Jesus teachings are not the church, they stand on their own. Can't find one bad word. He hated debt, stealing, killing, lying, coveting, fighting - said turn the other cheek. 

Love thy neighbor as thy self. 

IQ 145's picture

 My neighbor is an asshat; and so are you. Don't tell me what to do. Mind your own sanctimonius little business.

Non Passaran's picture


Hell's angel of virtue.

He isn't virtuous himself, but he likes to force virtue upon others.


andybev01's picture

"They say 'love thy neighbor as thy self' , what am I supposed to do jerk him off too ?"


-Rodney Dangerfield

Bananamerican's picture

yea, unless he's a "Liiberrruhlll"

-S. Smailess

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

In my opinion we must look to the teachings of Christ and take the responsibility to FIX OURSELVES! Don't look at the Church, the Government, Hollywood, etc. They are all just creations of broken-a$$ hypocritical human beings like you and me. It is time for each of us to LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

If we all approached life this way, instead of expecting Obama, the Christian right, Ron Paul or anyone else to solve our problems FOR US, we could make a big difference. We can't point our lazy finger at all the corrupt people and use them as the excuse for why we won't self-examine and do the hard work to reject the things in our lives that are killing us. Of course it isn't easy, nothing good is. It's also the only way out of this mess.

StychoKiller's picture

Whoa!  A Borg that refuses to be assimilated!  Well said. :>D

morph's picture

What is wrong with drugs? Jesus clearly used them.

malek's picture

Very telling you left out

torture √√

Martin Silenus's picture

The comments here at ZH are generally intelligent, insightful, and witty.  Please don't tell people what they should or shouldn't think of themselves, thanks.

Spalding_Smailes's picture

O.K, enjoy the moral decay. The world is filled with it ....

Arthor Bearing's picture

You're failing to recognize that the old moral order is no longer relevant, and a new morality is necessary. You're about 150 years behind the progress of moral philosophy, pick it up

Spalding_Smailes's picture

Progress ? Says who ....

A new morality involves what, not sure you can call it moral then. I think thats called the new grey area no more black and white.

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

you clearly do not have tiger blood and a puma mind

zhandax's picture

The comments here at ZH are generally intelligent, insightful, and witty.

That's for the topics the trolls don't care about.  When the smailes kid, or the wanger brothers, or a few other annoyances show up; this is fight club, after all.

StychoKiller's picture

You cannot give Govt. Officials any rights that you do not have yourself.

Virtue can only exist when there is FREE choice.

Evil does not arise only from evil people, but also from good people who tolerate the initiation of force as a means to their own ends.  In this manner, good people have empowered evil throughout History.

Using governmental force to impose a vision on others is intellectual sloth and typically results in unintended, perverse consequences.

Achieving a Free Society requires courage to think, to talk, and to act -- especially when it's easier to do nothing.

IQ 145's picture

 Yeah, and I love it; Too bad your sexually inadequate.

IQ 145's picture

 Everyone of these "christian" moral do-gooders wants to bang their version of moral relativity over your head like a steel bucket that doesn't fit, and then chain it on there. And they can't understand why people don't want to listen to it.

StychoKiller's picture

They forget that Men have free will for a reason.  The Christian God wants volunteers, NOT slaves!

Martin Silenus's picture

The comments here at ZH are generally intelligent, insightful, and witty.  Please don't tell people what they should or shouldn't think of themselves, thanks.

cahadjis's picture

A euro for every time someone predicted the end of the world based on earthquakes and floods.... i'd be rich!

cahadjis's picture

A euro for every time someone predicted the end of the world based on earthquakes and floods.... i'd be rich!

strannick's picture

Except that you'd have Euros

strannick's picture

except that you'd have Euros..

jimijon's picture

Like I said in another post... saw a billboard just last night about

May 21, 2011 as being judgement day.

Freaked me out a bit this morning.

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

you want to inspire your gel-headed progeny to study math? show'em this.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Actually incon, it's brute force engineering, plain and simple.

Just like in aircraft, if you raise the factor of saftey by an order of magnitude in any design, it will stay mostly safe.

Then there is just mega-engineering, lego style. All the rollers and as it turns out, super-heavy-duty Velcro in the foundation, allowing a lot of sway.

Then, as any visitor to japan knows in three minutes, the walls are thin like paper. The buildings are super-light, because their interiors are wafer-paper-thin.

Much to their credit, is fastidiousness and following rules. Look at the Kobe bridge as an example and how it survived that quake.

No rocket science to their standing success. Trouble is, we've got slow temblors coming, that will torque buildings in ways never imagined.

If I was a high-riser anywhere in the world today, I'd be looking down, lower. Fast.



geekgrrl's picture

Yes, this will definitely stress skyscrapers in unimagined ways. But in no event do I expect to see a single one collapse into it's footprint at free-fall speed.

Flakmeister's picture

  You missed some fun below....

Edit: whoops....meant another thread dealing with GW

akak's picture

Of course earthquakes cannot bring down a modern skyscraper!

For that, you need a handful of Islamic radicals, box cutters, and a mysterious military standdown.

skohiu's picture

@akak.....forgot thermite