3/14/11

How To Design For Tsunamis

6 comments:

Joshua said...

Nice essay, Ben!

Ben said...

Thanks!

Ayesha said...

What kind of construction materials were used in the worst hit Japanese coastal towns? Was it wood or concrete? Would a concrete two-storey house near the coastline have survived? Nobody on the news channels is discussing practical, potentially life saving tips for other coastal communities.

Ben said...

Ayesha, concrete is a more robust material. That is a good point. But the really important thing is to give the water a path to go. Imagine a wave hitting a pole rather than a solid wall. The wall receives much more impact. Buildings on coastlines should have as little wall area as possible facing the ocean at ground level.

Ben said...

And make sure the structure, foundation, and connections can withstand powerful water hitting it, of course.

John Paul Paquibot said...

hi Ben, your ideas are really good, i used to think of high columns with base isolation system. what do you think of domes and a 30 feet steel tower to climb ? please check this designs http://yolandatyphoonhouse.blogspot.com/2013/11/yolanda-typhoon-house-design-for.html

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