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Isolating Buildings from Earthquakes
February 20, 2013 |

An article on the website explains how drilling an array of holes around a building can disrupt the movement of seismic waves.

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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.

Magnitude 5.1: Los Angeles Area
March 29, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred at about 9:09PM local time on Friday evening near La Habra, California. Minor injuries and numerous damaged buildings and vehicles have been reported. The Los Angeles Times has several articles. The USGS reports: -- maximum observed instrumental intensity of VII at La Habra -- Did you feel it? Map reports of VII -- early warning of 4 seconds in Pasadena -- numerous aftershocks

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