The second module is connected to the simulator and enables the visitor to experience what an earthquake feels like.
The School of Engineering at the HES-SO Valais-Wallis has built a simulator allowing 20 people to feel an earthquake at any one time.
This 5 x 6 metre platform can faithfully reproduce data from past earthquakes, such as the one of 1946, or those that hit the Italian city of L’Aquila in 2009 or Nepal in 2015. A special feature of the platform is that it makes it possible to simulate the effects of an earthquake on different types of ground (sediments, rocks) and buildings of different height.
An example of a simulated earthquake.
This simulator can also check the resilience of certain machines or equipment in the case of earthquakes.
Certain contraindications must be observed to prevent any incidents occurring during the simulations.