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East Coast Earthquake was Moderate but Significant, says UB Earthquake Researcher

Earthquake engineering expert available to discuss today's 5.9 magnitude earthquake

Release Date: August 23, 2011

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UB earthquake engineer Andre Filiatrault, PhD, said today's 5.9 magnitude earthquake was moderate but signficant.

"The earthquake was moderate but significant because we haven't had very many earthquakes of this magnitude in the eastern United States or eastern Canada," said Andre Filiatrault, PhD, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering at the University at Buffalo and director of UB's MCEER (Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research).

"This earthquake will be useful in providing data to help us make better seismic maps," he said, adding that the quake's impact was probably more psychological than physical. "A good reminder that earthquakes can happen in the eastern part of North America."

Filiatrault said that the data collected from this quake will help scientists better predict where earthquakes may occur and help engineers design more durable buildings.

More information about UB's MCEER is available at http://mceer.buffalo.edu.

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