News of the Institute
We’re seeking a proactive, creative, and tech savvy Program Coordinator. This position supports implementation of various externally and internally funded projects, programs, and strategic initiatives under the guidance of other EERI programmatic staff and associated program committee chairs.
The ideal candidate is self-motivated, flexible, and organized, as well as adept and comfortable working in a collaborative environment with a small staff and many professional volunteers. This position is a great opportunity for someone who is enthusiastic about engaging our members to help bring about real change in reducing earthquake risk and promoting public safety. This person will get the opportunity to apply their technical understanding of a field associated with earthquake risk reduction to solve problems alongside passionate EERI volunteers.
Responsibilities will include assisting technical and administrative committees, planning conferences and workshops, deploying earthquake clearinghouses to assist reconnaissance work, and coordinating the organization's public policy activities at the federal and/or state level.
Please click here for the full job description and share it with your network!
Submit an abstract today to help us shape the 2020 National Earthquake Conference (NEC) program agenda! The NEC Program Committee is seeking presentation abstracts and session concepts for the 2020 NEC from March 4-6 in San Diego, CA. Submission deadline is Friday, June 28.
Proposals are welcome in four areas:
- Engineering – to showcase the latest research, technologies, methodologies, and tools for improved earthquake risk reduction for the built environment; and to share effective design solutions and case studies
- Science – to highlight scientific advances and products that support preparedness, response, recovery and/or mitigation;
- Policy – to advance resilience through strong building codes, smart finance, marketplace incentive programs, tax benefits, innovative legislation, smart home technology, and;
- Practice – to facilitate implementation of effective seismic risk reduction activities and practices by advocates, building and fire code officials, communicators, emergency managers, insurance professionals, journalists, leaders, merchants, product manufacturers, public officials, and other critical stakeholders.
Don't forget to submit your application here by Friday, June 28!
Do you know a young academic or professional making a difference in reducing global earthquake risk? Nominate them for the 2019 Shah Family Innovation Prize by June 30!
The selection process recognizes a combination of past accomplishments and future potential, emphasizing creative and innovative thinkers who have demonstrated at early stages in their careers the potential to make major contributions.
The Haresh C. Shah family of Stanford, California provided a substantial gift to the EERI Endowment Fund to establish the Shah Family Innovation Prize. EERI extends its appreciation to the selection committee: Jack Baker, Stanford University (Chair); Helen Crowley, Eucentre; Abbie Liel, University of Colorado; Charles Menun, Consultant; and Glenn Rix, Geosyntec Consultants.
Photo: 2018 Shah Prize recipient Reid Zimmerman (M.EERI,2013) speaks at the 2019 EERI Annual Meeting awards ceremony. (Photo credit: Sevil Baghban Karimi)Back to top >
Learning from Earthquakes
At our annual meeting this year, EERI officially launched a landmark campaign to raise $4 million to pave the way for a robust and dynamic Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) for generations to come. The LFE endowment campaign will enable the program to become financially sustainable, expand earthquake reconnaissance efforts, develop innovative programming, and invest in the next generation of leaders.
As of June 15, we’ve raised a total of $1.6 million — $781,200 in cash pledges and $845,000 in planned giving from a total of 38 donors! We’re incredibly grateful to the generosity and leadership of the following donors:
If you haven’t had a chance to pledge yet, please consider doing so by July 31 to receive a special distinction of LFE Endowment Founding Benefactor! For more information about the campaign, please click here.
“The Learning from Earthquakes program in New Zealand really opened up my eyes to the risks and dangers that we all face,” said Maria Luisa Jiminian (M.EERI,2017), a recent graduate of Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. “It's very different when you read a textbook and then you go out and see it with your own eyes.”
Maria Luisa was one of the 24 graduate students and young professionals from around the world – from Peru to Singapore — who participated last month in EERI’s Travel Study program in New Zealand. Hosted in partnership with QuakeCore — the New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience — this program was a unique opportunity for emerging leaders to gain direct exposure and firsthand accounts of the nuances of recovery. One of the biggest takeaways for many participants was the inspiration they drew from witnessing the resilience of the communities and individuals they met, deepening their resolve to bring lessons home.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. I want my life's work to focus on making society a safer place,” said Angel L. Pérez Irizarry (M.EERI, 2011), a graduate student in structural engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “This program was essential in developing the networks and knowledge that will help me continue to work towards that goal.”
Participants learned directly from those in the field through lectures, site visits, and group research projects. From Christchurch, to Kaikoura, then Wellington, they talked to local experts to understand the impacts of earthquakes on the “4 R’s of Resilience”: reduction, readiness, response, and recovery.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
- Tours of structural retrofits, rebuilds, infrastructure repair, and community planning following the series of earthquakes that caused extensive damage in Christchurch around 2011.
- Mike Olsen from Oregon State University brought RAPID facility equipment to the Kaikoura region, where he and team members collected LIDAR data, tracking the evolution of landslides triggered by the 2016 earthquake.
- Discussion of the impacts to the Marlborough wine region after the 2016 M7.8 earthquake, led by Wine Marlborough CEO, Marcus Pickens.
- Visit to a surface rupture site of a fault discovered after the Kaikoura earthquake.
“I took a piece of New Zealand in my heart and my head is filled with ideas to bring back to the Dominican Republic, and I thank EERI LFE because of this,” said Maria Luisa.
First photo: Participants and organizers of the 2019 Travel Study group. Tāwhaki, atrium stairway, Tūranga by Fayne and Caleb Robinson. (Photo credit: Paul Daly)
Second photo: Participants (left to right) Meg Ackerson, Kristen Hess, Eddie Vega, and Yolanda Lin jump from the Leader Fault rupture, a new fault discovered after the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. (Photo credit: Eddie Vega)
EERI Preliminary Notes on Tsunami Information and Response: Tsunami Generated by Volcanic Activity in the Sunda Strait, Indonesia on 22 December 2018
By Jason R. Patton, Rick Wilson, Lori Dengler (M.EERI,1998), Yvette LaDuke, and Kevin Miller
Unlike earthquake-generated tsunamis, this tsunami, generated by the partial collapse of the Anak Krakatau volcano, did not have any ground shaking to serve as a natural warning. This characteristic of tsunamis generated by volcanic eruptions makes them a challenge to mitigate. As a part of EERI’s effort to gather and share information, the report summarizes the characteristics of the tsunami, reviews efforts to model inundation, and includes lessons learned and areas for future study. Read the report here.
EERI Preliminary Notes on Tsunami Information and Response: Tsunami Generated by Mw7.5 Sulawesi, Indonesia Earthquake on 28 September 2018
By Jason R. Patton, Rick Wilson, Lori Dengler (M.EERI,1998), Yvette LaDuke, and Kevin Miller
Minutes following a M7.5 earthquake in the Sulawesi region, a tsunami hit the coasts of Palu Bay, generating significant loss of life in the area. As part of EERI’s effort to gather and share information, various authors have compiled information to better understand the effects of tsunamis and lesson learned about tsunami notification, evacuation, and response activities. Read the report here.
Geotechnical Reconnaissance: The 28 September 2018 M7.5 Palu-Donggala, Indonesia
By H. Benjamin Mason, Aaron P. Gallant, Daniel Hutabarat (M.EERI,2019), Jack Montgomery, A. Nicole Reed, Joseph Wartman (M.EERI,2002). Contributors: Masyhur Irsyam (Indonesian team leader), Widjojo Prakoso, Didiek Djarwadi, Dandung Harnanto, Idrus Alatas, Paulus Rahardjo, Pintor Simatupang, Aksan Kawanda, Rahma Hanifa.
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance team conducted six days of extensive fieldwork in November 2018 in Palu City, following the M7.5 Palu-Donggala earthquake. The earthquake had triggered a series of massive landslides, resulting in the collapse of unreinforced and reinforced structures, and generating tsunami waves that impacted coastal areas in Palu Bay, devastating Central Sulawesi. The U.S.-based team collaborated with the Indonesia’s Center for Earthquake Studies and the Indonesian Society of Geotechnical Engineers on this reconnaissance effort. Read the report here.Back to top >
Regional Chapter News
Join the Southern California chapter for an interactive training on the Learning from Earthquakes program, hosted in partnership with the Southern California Earthquake Center!
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm Registration & Networking, 6 - 7:30 pm Program
Location: Room 159, Zumberge Hall of Science, USC Campus, Los Angeles, CA
In this hands-on training, learn about reconnaissance data collection goals and methods and how to participate in a clearinghouse following a major earthquake in your community. You’ll also get a chance to participate in a simulated field exercise.
Afterward, we’ll discuss and define ways that our Southern California EERI Chapter can assist its members and the broader community in the wake of a major California earthquake. Click here to save your seat!
Registration is now open for a short course on seismic analyses tools and the second Kenji Ishihara Colloquium. Be sure to reserve your seat today!
Short course on USGS Software Tools, August 21: Drs. Nicolas Luco, Peter Powers, and Jorge Meneses (M.EERI,2006) will present on various USGS web-based interactive tools available for site-specific ground motion hazard analysis.
The second Kenji Ishihara Colloquium, August 22-23: With a theme of “Seismic Lateral Displacements,” this year’s event includes an extraordinary lineup of geotechnical and structural engineering speakers from USA, Japan, and Chile. We’ve confirmed several prestigious speakers and will continue to add others. Click here for a list of speakers, their bios, and abstracts. At the colloquium, we’ll also honor the lifetime contributions and achievements of Prof. T. Leslie Youd, Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University with a gala dinner on August 22.
Events sponsored by:
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Dynamic Isolation Systems, a leader in earthquake protection for buildings, bridges and equipment throughout the world, seeks a Spanish-speaking Project Engineer based in Reno, Nevada. This position entails working in a specialized technical group to prepare designs, proposals, bids, and test reports, and traveling throughout South and Central America to meet customers and designers, attend conferences and give presentations. Explore this opportunity here.
Build Change, an international non‐profit social enterprise whose mission is to save lives in earthquakes and hurricanes, seeks a Lead Engineer based in Manila, Philippines. Build Change is seeking a candidate with a combination of structural engineering, project management, advocacy, and program development skills to provide strategic direction. This role will have the opportunity to contribute to the conception and execution of projects, manage a team of technical staff, represent Build Change with partners and clients, and advocate and collaborate with government agencies. Learn more about this opportunity here.Back to top >
Don't forget to submit your papers on the September 2017 Puebla-Morelos earthquake for a special sub-issue of Earthquake Spectra by Monday, July 1! All papers submitted will be subject to the standard review process and submission procedures. Please submit your paper to the peer-review portal and select “Mexico Earthquake” as the Special Issue.
Welcome new EERI members
Argeny Alcantara, UNIBE, Civil, Dominican Republic
Manohar BS, Structural, Dominican Republic
Alberto Delgado, Disaster Risk Reduction Peru International, Civil, Peru
Tansu Gokce, Istanbul Technical University, Civil, Turkey
David Kane, HKSE, Structural
Joseph Ortiz, Stantec Consulting Inc, Civil
Enes Alkış, Özyeğin University, Structural
Michelle Basham, University of Michigan, Geotechnical
Erhan Çekin, Özyeğin University, Civil
Avik Dhar, Concordia University, Civil
Steve Gao, Stanford University, Structural
Sheng-Hsuan Lin, NCSU, Civil
Sebastian Lopez, University at Buffalo, Structural
Ali Majdi, Technical University of Bucharest, Civil
Jimena Martin, IUSS Pavia, Geotechnical
Feyza Nur Sahan, Özyeğin University, Structural
Fatmanur Şahin, Özyeğin University, Civil
Keri Scholte, UCLA, Civil
Zach Shurow, NC State, Structural
Sahil Sibal, UCLA, Civil
Abhimanyu Singh, Civil
Diego Sosa, NCSU, Structural
Ensar Ünal, Özyeğin University, Civil
Yildiray Yilmaz, Özyeğin University, Civil
Ahmet Güllü, Istanbul Gedik University, Structural
News of the Profession
Recent news articles, stories, opinions, and reports from around the web
- 'This is not a "what if" story': Tokyo braces for the earthquake of a century (The Guardian) While Tokyo is famous for its resilient infrastructure and seismic technologies, it looks to hi-tech solutions to increase preparedness. Read more
- Buildings can be designed to withstand earthquakes. Why doesn’t the U.S. build more of them? (New York Times) This article explores the differences between the U.S. and Japan in building construction, engineering, and technology. EERI members Masayoshi Nakashima (M.EERI,1988), H. Kit Miyamoto (M.EERI,2018), and Amarnath Kasalanati (M.EERI,2000) were quoted. Explore the interactive illustrations and read more
- Inside Apple’s earthquake-ready headquarters (New York Times) Apple’s headquarters are in one of the few Silicon Valley buildings that use seismic technology to protect against earthquake damage. EERI members Evan Reis (M.EERI,2006) and Thomas H. Heaton (M.EERI,1995) were quoted. Read more
- Why we're not building seismically safer buildings (KQED) The popular public affairs radio program, Forum, talks with the New York Times reporter Thomas Fuller about his recent article on the difference in earthquake preparedness between the U.S. and Japan. Listen to the segment
- Earthquake, flood, hurricane: Google Maps adds tools to help you navigate a crisis (USA Today) Google is launching a new navigation warning system as part of Google Maps to keep users informed and safe during a natural disaster, including earthquakes. Read more
- Building on rubber to make homes more earthquake-resilient (Forbes) New Zealand researchers say that waste tires could be reused as seismic isolation for medium-rise buildings. Read more
- Cleveland area rattled by 4.0 magnitude earthquake (NPR) Although Ohio is not considered a seismically active zone when compared with others like California, it is not uncommon for earthquakes take place from time to time. Read more
- Southern California earthquake swarm takes an unexpected turn, and that’s reason to worry (Los Angeles Times) The chance that these tremors will turn into a large and destructive quake isn’t particularly high, but they can be worrisome — especially when they occur near faults that experts know are capable of unleashing huge, catastrophic earthquakes. Read more