What happens when a high-power earthquake shake table meets a high-priced wine collection? Find out in the latest installment from “Totally Unprepared”, as hostess Susan Jekarl goes to the University of California, San Diego, School of Engineering to show viewers what happens when the earth starts moving and bottles start flying.

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Unsuspecting mannequins waiting for the Big Shake with tall wine racks immediately behind them

There is a very cool video on the site entitled “Will It Shake?”  (named after a fun Internet video series, “Will It Blend?”). In this video, two different stacks of wine (one bolted and secured; the other, not so much) goes through two earthquakes…the first a 4.5 magnitude and the second a whopping 7.5 magnitude.  And you should see what happens next!

Broken Wine
The unbolted wine rack (and hence the wine) didn't do too well in the 7.5 shaker

UCSD is home to the Jacob’s School of Engineering, where a large shake table is used to test models and structures to see how well they hold up against the forces of earthquakes. Frankly, the unsecured wine rack doesn’t stand a chance.

The site goes on to give you detailed instructions on how to bolt your wine racks. Here is “How To Secure Your Wine Rack”


The “Totally Unprepared” campaign is a creative and fun year-long project whose tagline is “Admitting You Have A Problem Is The First Step.”  (how fun is that!?!?!) It is a collaborative effort between the California Emergency Management Agency, the California Seismic Safety Commission (CSSC) and the California Earthquake Authority (CEA). It is a unique and insightful multimedia campaign which aims to help Californians better understand their risk of earthquakes and how to prepare for them.

Check it out…and by the way, bolt that wine rack…or start drinking now!



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