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5/31/2012 2:12 PM 

The West Coast's tallest residential building is the subject of a new scientific seismic study. The U.S. Geological Survey installed an extensive network of sensors in the 605-foot-tall project, One Rincon Hill, in order to monitor the performance of the building in the earthquake zone.

A total of 72 accelerometers were installed in the 64-story building in recent weeks. They allow scientists to model exactly how the building sways and flexes during a major seismic event.

The building, completed in 2008, was designed to deal with the demands of the Bay area’s infamous seismic activity.

"The One Rincon Hill building has one of the most structurally advanced designs of any building in the United States," California Geological Survey spokesperson John Parrish told local reporters.

To handle a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake, the building was designed with an outrigger system that redistributes the seismic loads away from the rest of the structural system.

The building's structural engineers, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, advised researchers about locating the sensors to capture the most valuable information about the building's movements, according to local media.