New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

The Effects of Earthquakes on Adobe Structures

Team: 110

School: Santa Fe High

Area of Science: Seismology

Interim: To Whom It May Concern,

Our team has been busy over the past weeks researching material on our project. We plan to test the effects of earthquakes on New Mexico adobe structures and how to better build these structures to withstand an earthquake. The team has been reading in books in the public libraries and well as doing research on the internet. We have found that the adobe structure is not the weakest or the strongest when it comes to withstanding a natural disaster such as an earthquake. For this reason, we want to be able to maximize the strength of these old adobe structures to lessen the effects of an earthquake.

Our team has not run any experiments on this project as of right now. We plan to begin working with our mentors to start programming a simulation of an earthquake. From these experiments and simulations, we hope to locate the faulty areas of the adobe structure, how it compares to the brick and other building structures, and what needs to be improved on the adobe structure.

James Romero is the president of this Supercomputing Challenge team. Mark Garcia assists in the research and reporting as well. Lucas Romero is a former member of the team who, unfortunately, recently dropped out because of other conflicts. We are, however, expecting to gain another member very soon. We do not know his name at the time.

While we are still in search of a programming mentor, we do have a general seismology mentor, Ms. Charlotte Rowe. Our advisor is Ms. Anita Nugent who teaches science at Santa Fe High School.

Overall, our project is going very well and we expect to gather excessive data in the short future. Thank you for taking the time to read over this report. If anyone should have any questions we can answer, you can contact us through Ms. Anita Nugent ( Thank you again.


James Romero
Mark Garcia
Santa Fe High School

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Sponsoring Teacher: Anita Nugent

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