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The Earth quake simulator that will be displayed at "Expo Disaster  2006" "Panama World Showcase For The Risk Management Industry", is imported from The great nation of Japan.  with this simulator we will show the visiting public,  what realy goes on during an earthquake.  There will be demonstration of shaking at diferent intensity and magnitudes.  and also there will be recomendations to the public on what to do in specific seismic situations. 

EARTHQUAKE SIMULATOR OPERATING DIAGRAM
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At this illustration you can appreciate how the simulator works.  The view is a transversal cut that show the actuators in action.  There are ten (10) vertical, five (5) horizontal right, and five (5) horizontal left, that as they are put in action recreates the feeling of an actual earthquake, allowing scientist to test different types of infrastructure (actual buildings, bridges, different types of production plants, etc) in order to quantify earthquake effects on these infrastructure.  This marvelous tool not only provides a way to quantify results, but also to make important observations on the dynamics involved in this type of disaster.  

EARTHQUAKE SIMULATOR ROOM (EMPTY)
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This is an illustration of the actual earthquake Simulator that is being brought from Japan, it is much smaler, than the prior ilustration, and is disign for simulating earthquakes with people inside the structure.  It is the simulation of a common room where there are objects that are made of foam material like refrigerator, stove, pictures on the wall, dressers etc. That falls as the shaking starts in a safe way for the visiting public.  

EARTHQUAKE SIMULATOR
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PREPARING TO START SHAKING WITH VISITING GROUP

In this illustration you can actually appreciate how the simulation is done.  Groups of 4 to 5 people are introduce in the simulation room, and they are given a scenario in which they are explain what to do in the case of an earthquake, and they are rated after the simulation to see how well they did and to point out recommendations on their week areas.  

EARTHQUAKE SIMULATOR SHAKING IN PROGRESS
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SIMULATION IN PROGRESS

Here you see a group of participants having fun as they tray out the earthquake simulator and learn valuable techniques on mitigating earthquake disasters. After the shaking they told us that this experience will help them to remember in a vivid way what to do in the case of an earthquake disaster.  

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