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    Do servers go down when the building is hit with a seismic wave without seismic isolation? I imagine the force on the components would be small so as long as all the pieces are physically secured they would just shake around a bit along with the building.

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      The force could unseat components, damage mechanical hard drives, knock over a server rack, not to mention environmental damage like shifting the foundation or turning off the power.

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        Yes, absolutely. The hard drives would even get upset if you merely shout at them: