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Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Founded in 1948, EERI's mission is to reduce earthquake risk by (1) advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, (2) improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and (3) advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.

News of the Institute

2020NEC presentation abstract deadline — June 28!

2020AnnualMeetingSTDThe 2020 NEC Program Committee is seeking presentation abstracts and session concepts for the 2020 National Earthquake Conference from March 4-6 in San Diego, CA. Submission deadline is Friday, June 28.

Proposal abstracts for presentations and session concepts are welcome in four broad focus areas - Engineering, Science, Policy, and Practice - to advance U.S. and global earthquake resiliency. Note: The Practice focus area is intended to be implementation focused and used to incorporate topics of emergency management, mitigation program implementation, risk analysis and communication, etc. Abstracts about specific projects by engineering practitioners should be submitted to the engineering focus area.

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

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.

The 2020 NEC Program Committee will review and consider submissions, and will notify selected presenters in early Fall 2019. Presenters will be asked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation or poster, but NO conference papers will be accepted or required. Presenters will have the option to post their presentation materials on the website but no formal proceedings will be produced.

Presenters will be responsible for their own travel expenses and conference registration fees. We expect to provide a limited number of registration grants for students, early career academics, and professionals. For questions please contact Rebecca Singh from EERI at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Don't forget to submit your application here by Friday, June 28!

Applications now available for EERI Student Leadership Council

20190601 SLC PulseThe EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) is now recruiting for its 2019-2020 Council! Join us for a virtual info-session June 4 to learn more about the SLC, the Seismic Design Competition, and other SLC committees and activities. You’ll also get a chance to ask questions in a Q&A segment. This info-session is open to all students and academic staff.

Applications for the Student Leadership Council is due Tuesday, June 11 and can be accessed here

Info-session: Tuesday, June 4, 11 am PT

Link to join:

What is the EERI Student Leadership Council?

The SLC is comprised of graduate students from around the world that represent their university’s student chapter to promote earthquake engineering practice and research among undergraduate and graduate students.

Through the SLC, graduate students will gain valuable leadership skills, multi-disciplinary connections, practical exposure to earthquake engineering, and networking and mentorship opportunities. The SLC's primary focus each year is to organize the Seismic Design Competition. To learn more about the SLC, visit its website or Facebook page.

Photo: Members of the 2018-2019 SLC at EERI 2019 Annual Meeting in Vancouver BC.

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Member Spotlight

Gregory Deierlein named ASCE Distinguished Member

Deierlein WEB HEADGregory Deierlein (M,EERI,1989), Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the J.A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University, has been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers as a 2019 Distinguished Member, a status reserved for the most eminent civil engineers in the Society. He is recognized for major contributions in advancing computational and experimental methods for nonlinear structural performance assessment, characterization of structural material and component behavior, fracture and stability of steel structures, performance-based engineering, and community resilience for earthquakes and other hazards. From 2000-2007, Greg served as Deputy Director at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center and has served on the EERI Board of the Directors since 2016. Read more

Brian Tucker honored by SSA for global earthquake safety efforts

Brian Tucker honored by SSAThe Seismological Society of America has honored Brian Tucker (M.EERI,1982), the founder and former president of the nonprofit organization GeoHazards International, with the 2019 Frank Press Public Service Award for his efforts to make the world's most vulnerable communities safer from earthquakes and other natural hazards. The Press Award honors outstanding contributions to the advancement of public safety or public information relating to seismology. Brian and his colleagues bring together seismologists, geologists, engineers, sociologists and disaster managers to help communities around the globe improve earthquake-resistant construction practices and apply other methods to prepare for natural hazards. Read more

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Subscribing Member Spotlight

Kinemetrics launches OasisPlus to provide preparedness, situational awareness, real-time response for hospitals

Kinemetrics logoKinemetrics, Inc., the leader in developing and delivering solutions for monitoring earthquakes and their effects on people, business and structures, announced that the Seattle Children’s Hospital has become the first private healthcare organization to implement Kinemetrics’ OasisPlus to provide real-time tools and information needed before, during and after an earthquake. Combined with advanced seismic evaluations from partners Reid Middleton, OasisPlus integrates real-time data processing with emergency response plans.

OasisPlus is a technology platform that allows mission-critical facilities to prepare response teams and occupants more effectively before an earthquake, as well as to avoid unnecessary evacuations and business process interruptions to immediately secure ongoing critical operations following a seismic event. Better-informed decision-making -- driven by real-time data reported during an earthquake and after the shaking stops -- can deliver continuity of operations and ensure a coordinated and effective response. Read more

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Regional Chapter News

Save your seat: NorCal Chapter to host panel and discussion on ShakeAlert

ShakeAlert imagePlease join the EERI Northern California Regional Chapter for a free panel discussion of Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) issues on Monday, June 3 in San Francisco. Our members advocate for reducing the effects of earthquakes on society, and EEW is an emerging newcomer to the collection of tools that we can use. Most EERI members are aware of EEW concepts and some are skeptical of its usefulness. The panel will aim to discuss these concerns, so make sure to attend this exciting discussion!

The panel will feature the following experts:

  • Jennifer Strauss, UC Berkeley; Regional Coordinator for ShakeAlert, Northern California; Vice-Chair, ShakeAlert Joint Committee for Communication, Education, and Outreach
  • Sara McBride, United States Geological Survey, Mendenhall Fellow – Research Social Scientist; Social Science Coordinator – ShakeAlert
  • Alejandro Cantu, SkyAlert USA, CEO This panel will briefly introduce current plans for EEW followed by an active discussion about possible concerns including questions from the audience.

When: Monday, June 3, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (5:30 pm mixer; 6 pm program)

Where: ARUP, 560 Mission St # 700, San Francisco, CA 94105

RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (However, don’t hesitate to bring along a last-minute friend, classmate, or co-worker!)

Note: This event is free. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

Alaska Chapter holds short course on ground improvement and foundation retrofit

20190601 Alaska ChapterOn May 10, the EERI Alaska Regional Chapter hosted a one-day short course at the University of Alaska Anchorage with presentations by Jeffrey Hill, Director of Business Development at Hayward Baker, and Dr. Armin Stuedlein (M.EERI,2011), Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Oregon State University. More than 20 local engineers and students were in attendance.

The short course was put together in response to the November 30, 2018 Anchorage Earthquake to provide local engineers with the best practices for repairing recent foundation damage and to provide solutions for new construction over liquefiable soils.

The workshop provided an overview of a wide variety of techniques for ground improvement for liquefaction mitigation, including techniques to improve drainage, soil reinforcement, and soil densification. The course also gave an overview of options for ground improvement below existing structures, and for foundation underpinning. Dr. Stuedlein also presented some examples of ground improvement projects in Anchorage which he observed after the recent earthquake, as part of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance team.

The chapter extends many thanks to Jeffrey Hill and Hayward Baker for sharing practical examples of many of the ground improvement methods in use today. The chapter also thanks Dr. Stuedlein for his in-depth explanations of the design and methodology behind these techniques.

Photo: Dr. Stuedlein presents at the short course hosted by the EERI Alaska Regional Chapter.

New York-Northeast Chapter hosts special lecture on computational imaging tools

20190601 NYNE ChapterOn May 16, the EERI New York-Northeast (NYNE) Regional Chapter hosted in Manhattan a special, FEMA-supported lecture by Dr. Robert Kayen, Professor of Civil Engineering at UC Berkeley and Senior Research Scientist and Civil Engineer at the Pacific Science Center of the USGS.

The talk, “Structure-from-Motion & LIDAR: Computational Imaging Tools for Engineers,“ highlighted recent advances in computational imaging tools and application examples in reconnaissance missions and studies of the National Foundation Science-funded Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER). These imaging tools, such as LiDAR, SfM (Structure from Motion), and UAVs help engineers model and understand complex structural and geological geometries and deformations.

20190601 NYNE Chapter groupMore than 30 participants attended the lecture, including representatives from the NYC Department of Buildings, NYC Transit, NYC Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transit Authority, college students, and other professionals from private firms. The audience engaged in a lively discussion, including asking insightful questions about the new imaging technologies and experiences using them in LFE and GEER reconnaissance missions. During the event, the NYNE Chapter welcomed 5 new members: Len Andersen, Norman Ho, Thomas Kuczynski, Tiffany Szeles, and Zoey (Shu Yi) Tham.

This event was made possible by an EERI and FEMA grant designed to align chapters with EERI national activities and to support local events on earthquake mitigation and risk reduction. The Chapter also extends its appreciation to the outreach partners ACECNY, SEAoNY, ASCE Metropolitan Section, and the host WSP, an EERI Silver subscribing member.

For more information about the NYNE Chapter and activities, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit:

Group photo: Organizers and volunteers from EERI-NYNE with the speaker R. Kayen (From Left to Right: G. Diaz-Fanas, M. Chedid, S. Nikolaou, R. Kayen, D. Basangwa, P. Lopez and K. Msaaf)

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EERI Annual Awards

Due June 15: Nominations for EERI's Housner, Alquist, Distinguished Lecture, Honorary Member and Outstanding Paper Awards; and 2019 Board of Directors Election

Deadline: June 15, 2019
Click here to access nomination forms

The EERI Honors Committee greatly depends on nominations submitted by EERI members to help identify members whose contributions should be recognized. Please consider submitting nominations to the Honors Committee by June 15 for these prestigious awards: The Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Award, Distinguished Lecture Award, George W. Housner Medal, and EERI Honorary Membership

Also due on June 15 are nominations for the Outstanding Paper Award for Earthquake Spectra (vol. 34), which will be reviewed by the Editorial Board of Earthquake Spectra. In addition, the EERI Nominating Committee seeks nominations for potential candidates to be considered for the 2019 EERI Board of Directors Election. Newly elected Board Members will begin serving their term in March 2020.

Process for Submitting Nominations: 

Housner medal 2019All nominations should be accompanied by a brief justification, and must be received by June 15 in order for the Honors Committee to complete deliberations and forward its recommendations to the Board of Directors. Please review the award description and criteria and complete the application form. For a list of past award recipients, please click here. To view descriptions of each award, please click here.

Please click here to access Nomination Forms for the following:

  • George W. Housner Medal 
  • Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Award 
  • 2020 Distinguished Lecture Award 
  • EERI Honorary Membership
  • 2018 Outstanding Paper Award for Earthquake Spectra (vol. 34)
  • 2019 Board of Directors election nominees 

Awards will be presented at EERI's 72nd Annual Meeting in San Diego, California on March 3-6, 2020.

Photo: EERI President Laurie Johnson (M.EERI,1990) presents the 2019 George W. Housner Medal to W.D. Liam Finn (M.EERI 1976).
Photo Credit: Sevil Baghban Karimi  

Due June 15: Nominations for the 2020 Bruce Bolt Medal

The Bruce A. Bolt Medal is a distinguished honor awarded jointly by EERI, the Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), and the Seismology Society of America (SSA) to recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.

The EERI, COSMOS, and SSA Joint Nomination Panel is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Bruce Bolt Medalist. Nomination packets must be received by June 15

Bolt Medal 2019Members of EERI, SSA, and COSMOS are encouraged to submit nomination packages for this distinguished award. Nominations will be reviewed in confidence by a six-person Joint Nomination Panel formed by two representatives from each of the three sponsoring organizations. The recommended nominee will be considered in confidence by each organization’s Board of Directors for their approval and joint selection of the medalist.

If you know of a colleague or peer that you would like to nominate for this prestigious honor, please review the nominee criteria and procedure.

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2020 award is June 15. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered by the Joint Nomination Panel.

Please submit nominations and direct all questions to the Chair of the Bolt Panel,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (M. EERI, 1975), via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo: 2019 Bruce Bolt Medalist Yousef Bozorgnia (M.EERI,1986). 

Due June 30: Nominations for the 2019 Shah Family Innovation Prize

Reid ZimmermanDo you know a young academic or professional making a difference in reducing global earthquake risk? EERI members are encouraged to nominate candidates from government, private firms, academia, and the international community for the 2019 Shah Family Innovation Prize. The Shah Family Innovation Prize was created with a substantial gift to the EERI Endowment Fund by the Haresh C. Shah family of Stanford, California.

The intent of the prize is to stimulate further creativity and leadership in the earthquake risk mitigation community and EERI. 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. 

For more information and to access to the nomination form, please click here. Be sure to submit your nominations by June 30!

EERI extends its appreciation to the Shah Family Innovation Prize Selection Committee: Jack Baker, Stanford University (Chair); Charles Menun, Consultant; Glenn Rix, Geosyntec Consultants; and Helen Crowley, Eucentre.

Photo: 2018 Shah Prize recipient Reid Zimmerman (M.EERI,2013) speaks at the 2019 EERI Annual Meeting awards ceremony. Photo Credit: Sevil Baghban Karimi 

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Deadline extended! Submit your 2017 Puebla-Morelos earthquake papers

Earthquake Spectra invites you to submit your papers on the September 2017 Puebla-Morelos earthquake in Mexico for its Special Sub-Issue to be published in 2020. Submission deadline is now Monday, July 1.

In addition to original analyses of the earthquake, we are interested in interdisciplinary papers that examine resilience and that include data collected at multiple points in time. Please submit your paper to the peer-review portal and select “Mexico Earthquake” as the Special Issue by July 1. All papers submitted will be subject to the standard Earthquake Spectra review process and submission procedures

The Responsible Editors are Lucy Arendt (M.EERI,2008) and Gilberto Mosqueda (M.EERI,2000). If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Earthquake Spectra Managing Editor Vida Samardžić at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

The following preprint manuscripts are now available on the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication:


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Dutch Earthquake Engineering Association newly established

The Dutch Earthquake Engineering Association was established in the summer of 2018 with the aim of connecting the engineering and research communities in the Netherlands and with the earthquake engineering community around the world.

The Association is formed by:

Ihsan Engin Bal (M.EERI,2004) (Chair), Professor on Earthquake Resistant Structures, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Jan Rots (Board Member), Professor of Structural Mechanics, TU Delft

Otto Wassenaar (Board Member), Independent Senior Structural Engineer

Janneke van Ginkel (Board Member), PhD at University of Groningen & Scientist at KNMI

Rudi Roijakkers (Board Member), Technical Director & Senior Advisor at ABT

Eleni Smyrou (Secretary General), Assoc. Prof. on Earthquake Resistant Structures, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

20190601 DEEAWhile the Netherlands is not an earthquake country, the Groningen region in the North has become known for frequent earthquakes induced by gas extraction. Groningen is one the most intensely populated induced seismicity areas in the world. The Slochteren gas field in Groningen is the largest on-land natural gas resource in the world discovered in 1959 and exploited since 1963. Small earthquakes were recorded in the area in the 1990s, with the M3.6 earthquake near Huizinge in 2012 being the largest recorded so far. Surface horizontal accelerations reached up to 0.11g in Zeerijp Earthquake (M3.4) in 2018. Induced seismicity and its effects on built environment have attracted a lot research, thus placing Groningen at the forefront of the research in induced seismicity.

Photo: From left to right, Eleni Smyrou, Jan Rots, Otto Wassenaar, Rudi Roijakkers, Janneke van Ginkel, İhsan Engin Bal, and Liesbeth Jorritsma (Program Manager at Hanze Research Centre NoorderRuimte)

GEM announces Africa Earthquake Model

GEM Africa Earthquake ModelGlobal Earthquake Model just announced the release of its Africa Earthquake Model. The Africa Model is composed of North Africa, West Africa, Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa regional models, developed in collaboration with various African public and private institutions, national governments, and individual experts using the OpenQuake engine.

Click here to access hazard data files, exposure data files, vulnerability functions, interactive map viewer, documentation, press release and Africa Model brochure.

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News of the Profession

Links to recent news and views

Recent news articles, stories, opinions, and reports from around the web:


Strong earthquake off coast of El Salvador (Associated Press) A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit off the coast of El Salvador early Thursday, May 30, sending frightened residents running out of their homes in the pre-dawn hours. Read more


Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes off southern Alaska coast (Associated Press) A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck off the coast of southern Alaska on May 27, but no damage has been reported. Read more

3threeMagnitude 8 earthquake strikes Amazon jungle in Peru (Associated Press) A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Peru early Sunday, May 26, collapsing buildings and knocking out power to some areas. Read more

4fourA signal in giant earthquakes that could save lives (New York Times) The full power of the biggest temblors could be determined in as little as 10 to 15 seconds after they begin, a new study finds, and long before it ends. Read more

5fiveLessons from Pohang: Solving geothermal energy's earthquake problem – and possible solutions (Stanford University News) William Ellsworth (M.EERI,2004), Stanford geophysicist, explains how their analysis could help lower risks for the next generation of geothermal plants. Read more

six, 6Deciphering the fate of plunging tectonic plates in Borneo (Earth & Space Science News) A team of scientists installed a dense seismic network in Borneo to investigate causes and consequences of subduction termination. Read more

7sevenOp-Ed: Of basketball and earthquakes: The complex business of safe public structures (Eureka Times Standard) Lori Dengler (M.EERI,1998) writes about the seismic hazard zones of both arenas during the Warriors and Trailblazers NBA playoff series. Read more

8eightNew PEER Report 2019/03: "Ground-Motion Directivity Modeling for Seismic Hazard Applications" Authored by Jennifer L. Donahue (M.EERI,2009), Jonathan P. Stewart (M.EERI,1994), Nicolas Gregor (M.EERI,1992) and Yousef Bozorgnia (M.EERI,1986). Read more

9nineNew PEER Report 2019/02: "Direct-Finite-Element Method for Nonlinear Earthquake Analysis of Concrete Dams Including Dam–Water–Foundation Rock Interaction" Authored by Arnkjell Løkke and Anil Chopra (M.EERI,1973) Read more

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