Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have rocked and rattled a six-storey steel frame building on a giant shake table to see how the structure would withstand major earthquakes.

The towering building jolted, shuddered and let out a hollow, grinding sound but remained standing as drones peeked in its windows. Water heaters and at least some flat-screen TVs inside seemed to remain in place, though researchers still need to review the drone footage to see exactly how the building…