What Happened To This Car?

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Here we explain how Port Royal – “the most wicked and sinful city in the world”, cars, roads, and huge buildings can sink into the ground during during earthquakes or blasting.

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Created by Henry Reich
Video Concept and Writing: Mary Beth Griggs
Animation: Jorge Cham
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Image Sources:
Van in sink hole

Liquefied road

Japanese apartment complex tipped over

Car stuck in ground
Mark Lincoln:

References:
Link, M.C. February 1960. Exploring the Drowned City of Port Royal. National Geographic 117(2): 151-183.

University of Washington Soil Liquefaction

University of Edinburgh Liquefaction
Burton, S. & Scobie, G.