I went to Lehigh University back in the mid-1980's. One night, I'm studying in my room when all of a sudden it feels like the frat house lifted up a few inches and just DROPPED, with a deep thump. My roommate and I looked at each other. Earthquake? A Civil Eng. student next door shouts out: "Fritz Labs catastrophic failure." He was right. Some sample in the 5 million pound testing machine (same thing as the video, but bigger... supposedly the largest in the world at the time) had snapped without warning. Turned on the radio, and the Allentown PA stations 6-7 miles away were going on about how what everyone felt was not an earthquake.
From that point on I (a computer engineering student) stopped making fun of the Civil Engineering students.