Will It Shake? Fishtank edition

Will THEY Shake?

That’s what Oakland resident Alyssa Shannon wants to know. Will her beloved tropical fish in their 56 gallon tank be safe during an earthquake?

The seismic testing team at Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California in San Diego and Susan Jekarl set up two 60 gallon tanks, one secured with furniture straps, the other unsecured, and shook it.

Watch and find out – what do you think will happen?

For media: Will It Shake show – WIS Episode Two Fish Tank Media Guide

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6 comments on “Will It Shake? Fishtank edition
  1. wheel horse says:

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  2. Elizabeth Rood says:

    Hey Paul, have you seen our how-tos? Here’s the one on securing your aquarium. We have similar guides for most furniture.
    http://www.totallyunprepared.com/secure-your-aquarium-for-an-earthquake/

  3. BSCEfromStanfordUniv says:

    Thank you for helping me help my son understand why I am requiring that he attach wall-stud-linked earthquake straps to his aquariums.

    I respectfully suggest that you replace the word
    ‘refrigerator’ with ‘aquarium’ in your directions about attaching earthquake safety straps between an aquarium and the studs of a frame wall. Also you may want to clarify what users do if they have reinforced masonry walls with no studs.

    The unsecured tank in the 1995 Kobe shake table simulation is actually being stabilized by the secured tank that is touching its right edge. Can you please re-run the simulation with about 8 to 12 inches of separation between the two tanks? I am curious to see whether the unsecured tank will actually fall over in the Kobe simulation. You also might want to compare numerically the historical and expected earthquakes for San Diego and LA areas with the Kobe Quake you modeled. For example, John Martin and Associates had a nice history of earthquake magnitudes/events on their web site last time I checked at http://www.johnmartin.com/earthquakes/
    . . . .

    Of course the ultimate Mythbusters style ending would be a tsunami crashing through the entire room where the simulation is being done. . . .
    sorry, I know that’s not funny . . . but reality for those living at elevations of 0 to 15 ft above sea level(0 to 50 ft according to some) in tsunami hazard zones.

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