A study by Italian experts has found that reinforcing walls with a mesh of steel and basalt more than doubles a structures' resistance to earthquakes.
Italian scientists have been hard at work to make their country's old buildings more resilient to strong tremors. The research shows that damaged walls strengthened with steel or basalt can withstand quakes stronger than any of those that have hit Italy over the past two decades.
Researchers say Italy's most recent quakes have been simulated on these walls that are characteristic of Italian historical constructions. In the laboratory, the walls are standing on a vibrating base that reproduces five of Italy's recent and strongest quakes.