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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.

Learning from Earthquakes

EERI Response to Chile Earthquake

EERI Chile Data MapOn Monday, September 21, 2015, EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes Program (LFE) Executive Committee met to discuss and plan a response to the M8.3 earthquake that struck 46 km west of Illapel, Chile, on September 16, 2015. The committee decided on the following actions:

1) Launch a virtual clearinghouse website to document earthquake impacts and easily share observations with EERI members and other colleagues. The clearinghouse site is now live at

2) Solicit volunteers (especially students and young professionals in Chile) to participate as clearinghouse curators. Information on the curator roles and how to volunteer can be found at

3) Coordinate and collaborate with Chilean colleagues for observations from the field, and encourage them to submit reports and data. To support submission of field photos and observations, EERI has launched a custom data map similar to the one used after the 2015 Nepal earthquake:

4) Coordinate with any other international reconnaissance teams headed to the region for observations from the field, and encourage them to submit reports and data.

5) Encourage colleagues conducting reconnaissance to collaboratively prepare a brief article or report for dissemination in The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering that summarizes their activities and findings.

Other actions may be considered depending on the outcomes of these initial activities. All members are encouraged to visit the virtual clearinghouse website in the coming weeks to learn more about the earthquake impacts. The How to Contribute page also outlines various ways that members can contribute to the effort.

If you have contacts in Chile, information to share about the earthquake, or knowledge of reconnaissance teams responding, please contact Heidi Tremayne, EERI Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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News of the Institute

Register for EERI Technical Seminar: October 29 in SF, November 3 in Seattle

Register online for the 2015 EERI Technical Seminar Series

tech seminar series 2015The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute invites practicing structural engineers and researchers, building and government officials, students, architects, and urban planners to the 2015 Technical Seminar Series, Update on Vulnerable Concrete Buildings: What You Need to Know and Where Should We Go from Here? 

Numerous earthquakes around the world have demonstrated that concrete buildings constructed before the implementation of modern building code provisions are among the most vulnerable to serious damage and even collapse. This seminar will update the EERI community on the status of ongoing efforts to reduce the risk posed by these buildings and provide insight and appropriate actions to take. Sessions will cover:

• Efforts to improve our ability to identify the most vulnerable buildings through laboratory and field research activities by EERI, NEES, ATC, and others.

• Updates to the processes and documents used to evaluate the risks posed by these buildings; recent and upcoming code and guideline changes; retrofit designs, and retrofit techniques.

• Ongoing community level efforts to reduce hazards through inventory development, public education, policy and legislation.

The seminar will conclude with interactive sessions between the presenters and seminar attendees to discuss the implications of these efforts and how the EERI community can continue to engage and impact the reduction of risk posed by this inventory of buildings. Co-sponsors of the 2015 EERI Technical Seminar Series include: American Society of Civil Engineers Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (ASCE MLAB),external link icon  EERI Regional Chapter of Northern California,external link icon EERI Regional Chapter of Southern California, EERI Regional Chapter of Washington State, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER),external link icon Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC),external link icon and Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW)external link icon

Dates and Locations
Thursday, October 29: San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, November 3: Seattle, WA
TBA (Spring 2016): Los Angeles, CA

More information can be found on the 2015 Technical Seminar Series flyer  (PDF)

Register online for the 2015 EERI Technical Seminar Series at: 

Remember to Vote!

On September 30, 2015, EERI members with voting privileges were emailed a personalized link to participate in an election for two elected Director positions and the position of President-Elect for the 2016 EERI Board of Directors. Elected board members serve four-year terms. Your informed vote benefits EERI. Please participate before voting closes Sunday, November 1, 2015.

Candidates' biographies and vision statements are available at

The following candidates have been nominated for the 2016 EERI Board of Directors.

friedman david  Professor Gregory Deierlein   sritharan   ross boulanger   hashash

David A. Friedman, Senior Principal, Forell/Elsesser Engineers, San Francisco, CA (M. EERI, 1988)

Director A:
Gregory G. Deierlein, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, CA (M. EERI, 1989)
Sri Sritharan, Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, IA (M. EERI, 1994)

Director B:
Ross Boulanger, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis, CA (M. EERI, 1992)
Youssef Hashash, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL (M. EERI, 1999)

Reminder: Call for Bolt Medal Nominations Due by Oct 31

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2016 Bruce Bolt Medal is October 31, 2015. If you know of a colleague or peer that you would like to nominate for this prestigious honor, please go to the Bruce Bolt Medal webpage for nominee criteria and nomination procedure.

Bruce BoltThe Bruce Bolt Medal is awarded jointly by COSMOS, EERI, and 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 COSMOS, EERI, and SSA Joint Nomination Panel is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Bruce Bolt Medalist. Members 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. EERI's representatives on the panel are Charles R. Real (M. EERI, 1985) and Robert L. Nigbor (M. EERI, 1984). The recommended nominee will be considered in confidence by each organization’s Board of Directors for their approval and joint selection of the medalist.

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2016 award is October 31, 2015 (incomplete nomination packages will not be considered by the Joint Nomination Panel). Visit the Bruce Bolt Medal webpage for nominee criteria and nomination procedure.

Please direct all questions to Woody Savage (M. EERI, 1975) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Student Paper Competition Deadline is November 1, 2015

The deadline for submissions to EERI's Annual Student Paper Competition is November 1, 2015.

With a purpose of promoting active involvement of students in earthquake engineering and the earthquake hazards research community, the EERI Student Paper Competition is open to graduate and undergraduate applicants. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university and must be U.S. residents. Contest rules for graduate and undergraduate paper categories are available on the competition flyer (PDF) at

Guidelines for preparing the manuscript are accessible on the EERI website at

All papers must be submitted by November 1, 2015, to the Student Paper Online Submission Form.

The graduate and undergraduate paper winners will be invited to the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, April 5–8, 2016, and will receive travel support for this purpose. The top paper in the graduate category may be invited to be presented at the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting.

EERI Endowment Donors

EERI would like to thank donors to the Endowment Fund and acknowledge their recent contributions. EERI’s Endowment supports innovative projects that assure the Institute’s continuing leadership in the earthquake engineering profession.

The list below reflects donations that the Institute received from mid August to mid September 2015.

Asadour Hadjian

Howard Zee

Gary Christenson

Lori Dengler

Thank you for your support!

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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views

Recent stories, reports, and opinions from around the Web:

Geologists sample Taylorsville-West Valley fault line to study earthquake risk (Deseret News)
20 research trenches to help forecast major Wasatch Front quakes external link icon

Closing the protection gap before the next natural catastrophe event occurs (Property Casualty 360)
Swiss Re Sigma report suggests ways to encourage better insurance coverage external link icon

The World’s Short Attention Span, Quantified (The Atlantic)
It took just two weeks for the media to move on from Nepal’s earthquake. Does the pattern apply to other disasters? external link icon

The Great Quake and the Great Drowning (Hakai Magazine)
Pacific Northwest indigenous people told terrifying stories about the devastation but refused to leave. external link icon

Oregon Tsunami Maps Dangerously Out Of Date (Jefferson Public Radio)
Coastal communities would take a big step forward in preparing for the coming megaquake if they adopted newer, up-to-date tsunami inundation maps. external link icon

Facebook's 'Safety Check' Feature Used in Aftermath of 8.3-Magnitude Chile Earthquake (NBC-San Diego)
"If you're near a natural disaster, you can tell friends if you're safe and check to see if they're safe, too.” external link icon

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Last Day to Register Before Rates Increase for ATC & SEI 2nd Conference

atc-seiRegistration rates increase tomorrow for the ATC & SEI Second Conference on Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and Other Structures to be held on December 10-12, 2015 in San Francisco.

EERI is a cooperating organization, and EERI members receive member/subscriber registration rates. Register today, October 1, 2015, to save:

After registering for the program, it is recommend reservations for the conference hotel be secured before the room block sells out: Hyatt Regency San Francisco link for ATC/SEI

Extension of 16WCEE Abstract Submission Deadline to October 15

16wceeFollowing a significant number of requests for more time to prepare abstracts, the Organizing Committee for the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16WCEE) has extended the abstract submission deadline until October 15, 2015.

The 16WCEE will take place in Santiago, Chile, January 9–13, 2017. Read more at

There will be no further extensions so please make sure you submit your abstract as soon as possible. If you have questions regarding abstracts or need assistance, please contact the abstract team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract Submission Form Page

Become a US Resiliency Council (USRC) Member

USRChplogoEERI is a founding member of the US Resiliency Council (, a growing 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the vision of a world in which building performance in earthquakes and other natural hazards is understood. The USRC seeks support from all corporations, organizations and individuals who are stakeholders in the built environment, and who have a passion for improving the resiliency of the United States. With your help, the USRC will become a national platform for:

• Providing information to increase market demand for better performing buildings.

• Develop consensus about ratings by bringing together diverse stakeholders and technical experts.

• Promote integrity, stability, consistency and transparency of rating systems.

• Educate and advocate for safe buildings and a better public understanding of building performance.

A goal of the USRC is to make membership open to all public and private organizations (64 USRC Founding Members are listed on the web site) and to individuals, at levels that meet all needs and contribution resources. Whether you are a sole practitioner, a large A/E firm, a vendor, building owner, institution, government agency, or stakeholder in the built environment, the USRC wants you to be involved with our organization’s development, vision, and promotion.

Members receive exclusive organization benefits, opportunities to contribute to the mission of the USRC, and to promote their support of a more resilient nation. The USRC plans to bring awareness of the need for societal resilience to the public and private sectors, increase market demands and advocacy for better performing buildings, and to promote credible, consistent, and transparent metrics for assessing the performance of our country’s buildings in natural disasters. You can become a member of the USRC by signing up on the USRC web site:

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Chapter Spotlight

Northern California Chapter Napa Earthquake Field Trip

norcal chapter field tripOne year after the August 24, 2014, M6.0 Earthquake, the Northern California Chapter of EERI filled a 28 person bus for a one-day tour of Napa County.

The day started off not far from the earthquake epicenter at Saintsbury Winery, one of the locations of visible fault rupture. The tour was treated to three presentations by David Graves, Dr. Ken Verosub, and Cooper Brossy (M. EERI, 2015). David Graves, co-founder of Saintsbury, started off with the direct impacts of the earthquake on his winery, and Dr. Verosub gave the 60M year history of how Napa Valley came to be. Cooper Brossy finished off with a presentation on the unique earthquake fault rupture and subsequent research.

The tour then stopped at Napa Barrel Care, a facility that houses 20,000 wine barrels, half of which were off their racks following the 2014 quake. Jorge Vargas, the warehouse manager and first man on the scene that morning, recounted the hours, days, weeks, and months that followed the earthquake. Maryann Phipps (M. EERI, 1989) then took the group on a walking tour of downtown Napa, sharing insights from her recent FEMA publication which collected data on every structure within 1000' of downtown Napa to gauge overall building performance. The day concluded with an opportunity to taste four wines at Artesa Wineries which boasts one of the best views of the Carneros District of Napa Valley.

Great Lakes Chapter Workshop on October 14, 2015

great lakes logo WEBThe Great Lakes Chapter of EERI, along with the Structural Engineers Association of Kentucky (SEAoK) and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), are co-hosting an interactive workshop regarding the recently approved diaphragm seismic design provisions within ASCE 7-16. "Workshop on Seismic Design of Diaphragms" will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Eight PDHs are available and the cost of the workshop is $300. Information and registration at

The workshop is held in conjunction with the PCI Fall Committee Days and Membership Conference; however, you do not have to register for PCI Committee Days to attend the workshop. Onsite registration will be available; however, space is limited and early registration is encouraged. Lunch and refreshment breaks are included in the registration cost. For any questions or additional information, please contact chapter president Jason Krohn (M. EERI, 2001) at 312-583-6771 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

spectra 150Fourteen preprint manuscripts have been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication. The papers to be published are:

  • "Analytical Study of Mobile Home Response to the 2014 South Napa Earthquake by Bruce Maison (M. EERI, 1990) and Kelly Cobeen (M. EERI, 2000)

  • "Response History Analysis for the Design of New Buildings in the NEHRP Provisions and ASCE/SEI 7 Standard: Part III - Example Applications Illustrating the Recommended Methodology" by Reid B. Zimmerman (M. EERI, 2013), Jack W. Baker (M. EERI, 2004), John D. Hooper (M. EERI, 1987), Stephen Bono, Curt B. Haselton, Albert Engel, Ron O. Hamburger (M. EERI, 1988), Ayse Celikbas (M. EERI, 1999) and Afshar Jalalian (M. EERI, 2012).

  • "A Toolkit for Performing FEMA P-695 Evaluations" by Andrew Hardyniec (M. EERI, 2014) and Finley Charney (M. EERI, 1983).

  • "Practical Considerations in the Use of Liquefaction Susceptibility Criteria" by Richard J. Armstrong (M. EERI, 2015) and Erik J. Malvick.

  • "Full-Scale Structural and Nonstructural Building System Performance during Earthquakes: Part I – Specimen Description, Test Protocol and Structural Response" by Michelle C. Chen (M. EERI, 2012), Elide Pantoli (M. EERI, 2012), Xiang Wang, Rodrigo Astroza (M. EERI, 2011), Hamed Ebrahimian, Tara C. Hutchinson (M. EERI, 1995), Joel P. Conte (M. EERI, 1990), José I. Restrepo, Claudia Marin (M. EERI, 2014), Kenneth D. Walsh, Robert E. Bachman (M. EERI, 1985), Matthew S. Hoehler, Robert Englekirk (M. EERI, 1980) and Mahmoud Faghihi.

  • "Full-Scale Structural and Nonstructural Building System Performance during Earthquakes: Part II – NCS Damage States" by Elide Pantoli (M. EERI, 2012), Michelle C. Chen (M. EERI, 2012), Xiang Wang, Rodrigo Astroza (M. EERI, 2011), Hamed Ebrahimian, Tara C. Hutchinson (M. EERI, 1995), Joel P. Conte (M. EERI, 1990), José I. Restrepo, Claudia Marin (M. EERI, 2014), Kenneth D. Walsh, Robert E. Bachman (M. EERI, 1985), Matthew S. Hoehler, Robert Englekirk (M. EERI, 1980) and Mahmoud Faghihi.

  • "Centrifuge Testing of Model Levees atop Peat: Experimental Data" by Anne Lemnitzer (M. EERI, 2006), Riccardo Cappa (M. EERI, 2014), Samuel Yniesta (M. EERI, 2015), and Scott Brandenberg (M. EERI, 2001).

  • "A Flatfile for the KiK-net Database Processed Using an Automated Protocol" by Haitham M. Dawood, Adrian Rodriguez-Marek (M. EERI, 1999), Jeff Bayless (M. EERI, 2011), Christine Goulet (M. EERI, 2004), and Eric Thompson (M. EERI, 2005).

  • "Landmark Dataset from the Building Nonstructural Components and Systems (BNCS) Project" by Elide Pantoli (M. EERI, 2012), Michelle C. Chen (M. EERI, 2012), Tara C. Hutchinson (M. EERI, 1995), Rodrigo Astroza (M. EERI, 2011), Joel P. Conte (M. EERI, 1990), Hamed Ebrahimian, José I. Restrepo, and Xiang Wang.

  • "Characterizing Seismic Resiliency Using an Energy Dissipation-Re-centering Correlation Diagram" by Weian Liu and Tara C. Hutchinson (M. EERI, 1995).

  • "Seismic Hazard in the Nation's Breadbasket" by Oliver Boyd (M. EERI, 2005), Kathleen Haller, Nico Luco (M. EERI, 2001), Morgan Moschetti (M. EERI, 2015), Charles Mueller, Mark Petersen (M. EERI, 2002), Sanaz Rezaeian and Justin Rubinstein.

  • "Exploring Risk-targeted Hazard Maps for Europe" by Vitor Silva (M. EERI, 2014), Helen Crowley (M. EERI, 2008) and Paolo Bazzurro.

  • "Rationale for shallow foundation rocking provisions in ASCE 41-13" by Bruce L. Kutter (M. EERI, 1985), Mark Moore (M. EERI, 2009), Manouchehr Hakhamaneshi (M. EERI, 2009) and Casey Champion.

  • Validation of ASCE 41-13 modeling parameters and acceptance criteria for rocking shallow foundations" by Manouchehr Hakhamaneshi (M. EERI, 2009), Bruce L. Kutter (M. EERI, 1985), Mark Moore (M. EERI, 2009), and Casey Champion.

To read all current preprint manuscripts posted, visit Earthquake Spectra preprints. external link icon

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Member Spotlight

Welcome New EERI Members

EERI welcomes the members who have recently joined the Institute. If you wish to connect with your fellow members, you can locate their contact information in the EERI online membership directory, which requires logging in to the Member Resources Area of the EERI website.

Giovanni Li Destri Nicosia, COWI A/S, Geotechnical

Charlotte Abrahamson, UC Santa Barbara, Technical
Jaclyn Bronner, UC Davis, Geotechnical
Jamie Brownell, San Francisco State University, Civil
Lesly Cantarero, University of California Irvine, Civil
Stephanie Castine, University of MA – Amherst, Structural
Nicolas Chomette, North Carolina State University
Tamar Dawson, California State University Sacramento, Civil
Christina Deollos, California State University Sacramento, Civil
Robert Devine, University of Notre Dame, Structural
John Devlin, University of MA - Amherst, Structural
Grayson Fulp, North Carolina State University, Civil
Neeraj Gandhi, SUNY Buffalo, Structural
Ahmad Khalid Hamidy, SUNY Buffalo, Structural
Lorenzo Hernandez, California State University Sacramento, Civil
David Islip, University of Toronto, Civil
Shoma Kitayama, SUNY Buffalo, Structural
David Leechuy, Purdue University, Structural
Rafhael A. Luna-Tezna, University of Puerto Rico, Structural
Daniel Melnik, California State University Sacramento, Civil
Nilma Muniz, University of Puerto Rico, Civil
Laura Nettesheim, Purdue University, Structural
Jeremy Nottnagel, California State University Sacramento, Civil
Andres Ocampo, University of Puerto Rico, Structural
Jorge Ortiz-Centeno, University of Puerto Rico, Civil
Wadson Phanord, University of Puerto Rico, Civil
Omar Plata, San Francisco State University, Structural
David Riley, San Diego State University
Alvaro Rubinos, University College London, Structural
Alireza Sarebanha, University of California San Diego, Structural
A. Ceren Satioglu, Purdue University, Structural
Julia Shockley, University of California Davis, Civil
Reda Snaiki, SUNY Buffalo, Structural
Ryan Whelchel, Purdue University, Structural
Shuo Yang, University of Notre Dame, Structural

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25 Ways to Get Involved

Get Involved with EERI

25 waysLooking to be more involved with EERI? We've come up with a list of opportunities for members. Each edition of The Pulse will highlight a way to do more.
Download the 25 Ways flyerexternal link icon (PDF)

#25: Join an advisory or project committee for one of EERI's many activities

Together, we reduce earthquake risk. Visit EERI's Committees page to view open program committees guiding and furthering EERI's mission. See one you would like to be involved with? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to connect you with committee leaders.

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