Is New York Ready for Earthquakes?

Dr. Gilberto Mosqueda, associate professor of structural engineering at University of California at San Diego, describes a “performance-based seismic assessment of unreinforced masonry buildings” in which researchers constructed two 14-foot brick walls to simulate how 100-year-old brick row houses in New York City would respond to an earthquake, at the MCEER (Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research) at University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y. on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee)
Dr. Gilberto Mosqueda, associate professor of structural engineering at University of California at San Diego, describes a “performance-based seismic assessment of unreinforced masonry buildings” in which researchers constructed two 14-foot brick walls to simulate how 100-year-old brick row houses in New York City would respond to an earthquake, at the MCEER (Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research) at University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y. on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee)