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The Sabiha Gokcen International Airport Can Withstand Severe Earthquakes

 - Nov 24, 2009
References: arup & popsci
The new Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul is touted as the world's biggest earthquake-proof structure.

Able to withstand a earthquake with an 8.0 magnitude, the 2 million square-foot Sabiha Gökçen International Airport was designed by sustainable design and engineering firm Arup. It was built using seismic building technology and advanced computer simulations that are able to predict the reaction of buildings to quakes.

Because Istanbul is located over three tectonic plates, a major earthquake is likely to occur in the near future, meaning this impressive structure will save lives and reduce costs of damage.