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New Zealand on the right track with new earthquake-resistant building technologies

New Zealand is on the right track with new construction technologies like "rocking walls" to help buildings withstand severe earthquakes, new research reveals.

Researchers from the University of Auckland, University of Canterbury in collaboration with New Zealand research centre QuakeCoRE and the Tongji University in Shanghai, China, built and tested in a laboratory at Tongji University a two-storey concrete-walled building that incorporated the new technologies.

These included post-tensioned "rocking walls", devices that dissipate energy like viscous dampers and lead dampers, and slotted beams.

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