The earthquake simulator in the focusTerra museum in Zurich, weighs more than 3 tonnes and can simulate the ground motion of earthquakes up to a magnitude of almost 8. Set up as a kind of container room, it is furnished with tables and other movable objects and can accommodate up to 10 people at one time.
Earthquake simulation is not only intended to raise public awareness of Switzerland's vulnerability to seismic activity, but also to show people how to react in the event that they experience an earthquake.
The development and construction of the simulator was commissioned in 2006 by the Federal Office for the Environment (BAFU), supported by the public building insurance company of the canton of Freiburg and the Swiss Foundation for Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.
Note: The earthquake simulator is only accessible as part of a one-hour guided tour given on Sundays at 11:00, 13:00, and 15:00. Group tours can also be booked during the week.
See the focusTerra museum website for further details.