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: