UB Reacts to the Recent Earthquake

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 3:34 PM EDT

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UB Reacts to the Recent Earthquake

August 23, 2011 Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 3:34 PM EDT

Amherst, NY (WKBW-Release)

"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.

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

EWN John Borsa is at the Earthquake Research Center at UB and will have the latest tonight at 5 and 6pm.