ERGO provides earthquake simulation for major European disaster response exercise

In October, 2011, a simulated 6.5-magnitude earthquake “rocked” Central Hungary, causing enormous damage to the country’s infrastructure, including accidents at nuclear power and chemical plants, the collapse of an important bridge across the Danube, large-scale destruction of property, and disruption of critical infrastructure. Fortunately, the earthquake itself –and its toll on life, property, and vital systems and infrastructure around the region–were entirely virtual, generated by ERGO software, a tool developed at the University of Illinois for performing seismic risk assessment.