The 'Earthquake Proof Table' is Lightweight but Sturdy

The ‘Earthquake Proof Table’ was designed to keep students located on rift lines safe from falling objects when an earthquake strikes. The current procedure for students is to get under a desk when an earthquake happens, but this does no good because these desks can easily be crushed by a piece of collapsing ceiling.

Designers Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno decided to build a table that kept students safe. Their final product was a desk that can withstand the impact of a 2,000 lb. object. The desk is also light enough for two students to carry if they need to move it around. In a classroom full of these tables, it’s possible to create rows of them so that when an earthquake strikes, there are safe passageways to escape out of.