Population Rise and Earthquake Fatalities
February 24, 2013 | USGS
"Predicted population increases in this century can be expected to translate into more people dying from earthquakes. There will be more individual earthquakes with very large death tolls as well as more people dying during earthquakes than ever before, according to a newly published study led by U.S. Geological Survey engineering geologist Thomas L. Holzer." Quoted from the USGS announcement.
Earthquakes and NYC Brownstones
March 1, 2013 | NBC News
Researchers use shake tables to simulate the performance retrofitted and unretrofitted New York City masonry buildings, locally known as "brownstones". The article includes an interesting video.
USGS on Man-Made Earthquakes
July 22, 2013 | USGS
"The number of earthquakes has increased dramatically over the past few years within the central and eastern United States. [...] This increase in earthquakes prompts two important questions: Are they natural, or man-made?" Quoted from the USGS blog post.