(CBS News) The demolition of a 13-story building on Saturday in Hayward, Calif., could pave the way for experts to predict earthquakes.
The building, Warren Hall, at California State University, East Bay, stood close to the Hayward Fault -- deemed one of the most dangerous fault lines in the United States.
Before the implosion, scientists placed 600 monitoring devices within a mile-and-a-half of the building to monitor its fall and the impact on the area around it.
The experiment will enable scientists to analyze what is going on underneath the ground, Michio Kaku, CBS News contributor and physics professor at The City University of New York, explained on "CBS This Morning."
"By putting sensors everywhere, we'll be able to analyze ... shock waves as they go sloshing back and forth in the ground," he said. "And then by computers, reconstruct a three-dimensional image of what's underneath your feet. That is groundbreaking."
The effort will perhaps lead to the exploration of hidden fault lines previously unknown to science to aid, particularly, with building. He said, "Let's say you're siting a nuclear power plant and the ground looks solid but you don't know what's underneath. There's no history of earthquakes there. This method will allow us to detect hidden earthquake faults that could be underneath a shopping mall or a suburban housing tract or a nuclear power plant. ... Perhaps, one day, we can use this as a stepping stone toward earthquake prediction. By getting a map of what's underneath your feet."
For more on earthquakes and to watch the building implosion, watch the video above.