Could sticky stucco quash quake damage?

By Diane Martindale SCIENTISTS have often wondered why so many houses in California remain standing after an earthquake. But now they think they know why: stucco helps the buildings stick together. And this weather-resistant coating is very commonly used in the state. Researchers at the University of California in San Diego built a simple, two-storey house—typical of 90 per cent of homes in Southern California—and placed it on a hydraulic shake table that simulates earthquakes. The artificial quakes were equivalent to the 1994 Northridge earthquake near Los Angeles,
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