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UCLA experts in Utica conducting earthquake tests at Fay Street Warehouse

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Experts from the West Coast visited Utica on Friday to see how to build better buildings.

The group was conducting earthquake tests at the site of the Fay Street Warehouse, which is slated for demolition in March.

Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles were at the site Friday collecting data using specialized equipment. During an actual earthquake, the damage happens quickly. But by controlling the shaking and measuring the progressive damage, engineers can learn how to build better, stronger buildings.

"This is a unique opportunity for us that just popped its head up," said Robert Nigbor of UCLA's Earthquake Research Lab.

The demolition of the warehouse is a necessary part of the North-South Arterial Project in order to make room for the new highway.

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