Natural calamites like floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes have always been considered “acts of god”, yet for centuries our ancestors have refused to bow down to the wrath of the higher beings. Dikes were used to protect homes from floods, and shelters themselves were an act of defiance against the natural elements. Historical and archeological research have revealed that ancient civilizations also had sound knowledge of building earthquake-resistant structures.
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The tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, is believed to be the first structure equipped with base-isolation technology to resist earthquakes. Photo credit: Aleksandar Todorovic/Shutterstock.com