"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
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
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