Published March 4, 2013
A building may look invulnerable but if it is unreinforced masonry, like New York City’s row houses, UB's simulation found that it may not hold up during an earthquake.
The masonry test conducted by MCEER, UB’s earthquake engineering center, was featured on Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet. The segment looked at the earthquake simulations, which tested how vulnerable New York City’s unreinforced masonry buildings (row houses) are to quakes, and interviewed Juan Aleman, a UB doctoral student and Fulbright scholar in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, and Gilberto Mosqueda, a UB research professor and associate professor of structural engineering at the University of California, San Diego.
Watch the segment: