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November 2000
Barrels, Earthquake Tests, and the Yountville Quake
A Wake-Up Call for the California Wine Industry
by Mick Winter
If the quake were slightly larger or longer the stacks in this row would have toppled.Photo: Joshua MarrowOn July 28, 2000, an earthquake demonstration was held at the University of California at Berkeley's Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Annex in Richmond, California. Engineering graduate student Joshua Marrow used the largest seismic simulator in the United States to test the effect of a scaled-down 7.2 magnitude earthquake on an 18-foot high stack of 12 wine barrels. As a Wine Busines...
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