Tsunami-Resistant Building Designed in US

31 May 2010 (Last Updated May 31st, 2010 18:30)

Researchers at Oregon State University in the US have unveiled a design for a 10,000ft² tsunami-resistant city building that can withstand a 9.2-magnitude earthquake. The Cannon Beach City Hall, which also serves as a vertical evacuation shelter, will be tested at the Oregon State

Researchers at Oregon State University in the US have unveiled a design for a 10,000ft² tsunami-resistant city building that can withstand a 9.2-magnitude earthquake.

The Cannon Beach City Hall, which also serves as a vertical evacuation shelter, will be tested at the Oregon State University tsunami wave basin.

The preliminary plans will see the hall, made of reinforced concrete, raised 15ft above the ground which will enable it escape from the tsunami waves.

Further studies on the impact of the debris and the role of sea walls are needed to assess the real impact of the tsunami on the building.

The building is projected to cost approximately $4m and is currently awaiting government approval, according to kmtr.com.

Researchers have been predicting a 9% to 15% chance of a massive earthquake hitting the Oregon coast in the next 50 years.