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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.

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Apply Now: Learning From Earthquakes Travel Study Program to Chile


EERI is teaming with Centro Nacional de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Desastres Naturales (CIGIDENexternal link icon) of Santiago, Chile, to offer the first ever Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program, January 14-18, 2017.

The program will be held following the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineeringexternal link icon in Santiago, January 9-13, 2017, and offers members a unique opportunity to learn directly from local experts in the field. While any EERI or CIGIDEN member may participate, the program is targeted at graduate students and early career researchers or early career practicing engineers.

The Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program is designed to share information and insight on earthquake risk mitigation, preparedness, and planning, and inspire participants to apply the lessons learned upon their return home. Program registration fee is $1,000 USD, and the deadline to apply is August 1, 2016

Application form to participate is at external link icon

More information on the program at the EERI website: external link icon

LFE Travel Study Program flyer (PDF) external link icon

Questions about the program and application process may be directed to Kelsey Wittels at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Submit Nominations for Joyner Lecture by August 1

The William B. Joyner Memorial Lectures were established by the Seismological Society of America (SSA) in cooperation with EERI to honor Bill Joyner's distinguished career at the U.S. Geological Survey and his abiding commitment to the exchange of information at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering.

Seismological Society of America (logo)Joyner Lecturers are chosen on the basis of their work at this interface, whether they are contributions from earthquake science to earthquake engineering or from earthquake engineering to earthquake science. The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m. Pacific time, August 1, 2016.

Sponsor Nomination
The sponsor of the nominee, with help from others, must clearly document the accomplishments of the nominee that foster and enhance communication at the earthquake-science/earthquake-engineering interface, and why their work makes a difference. The sponsor must prepare a written proposal providing a brief summary of the candidate’s professional history. It may include honors and awards, professional affiliations, lectures and publications, and professional service and experience that address the intent of the Joyner Award.

Nominations for the Joyner Lecturer should be sent to the Joyner Lecture Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information on previous lecturers is at external link icon.

Ends Today: EERI Store Summer Sale

EQSAs a thank you to EERI members, every item in the EERI Knowledge Center and Online Store is now on sale at a 33% discount for a limited time. This members-only discount will be applied to all sale and regular-priced items at check-out. Many PDFs are downloadable at no charge.

Stock up now before some items run out. Be sure to log-in with your EERI membership credentials to get the member discount. (Having trouble logging in? Contact Juliane Lane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) The Members Only Sale ends today, July 15.

Browse the EERI Knowledge Center and Online Store by visiting the EERI website at external link icon

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School Earthquake Safety

EERI School Earthquake Safety Initiative Webinar Now Available!


On July 12, 2016, EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) committee presented a webinar on its activities in school seismic safety screening in Alaska and Washington schools. A recording of this webinar is now available for viewing:

Briefing content included the various aspects of safety screening of school buildings, FEMA’s Rapid Visual Screening methodology and its implementation of large-scale school seismic evaluations, as well as advocacy for safe school buildings throughout the United States. Cale Ash (M. EERI, 2002), Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, presented on Thurston County (Washington) school seismic safety evaluations, and Laura Kelly from the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission spoke on "Partnering to Perform Rapid Visual Screenings of Alaska’s Schools."

Learn more about EERI's School Earthquake Safety Initiative at

Watch the SESI Webinar and download presentation a PDF version of the webinar at

Seattle Times: Washington State does little to protect schoolkids from disaster


"‘We should be screaming’ with outrage: State does little to protect schoolkids from earthquake, tsunami"

A July 13, 2016, Seattle Times article castigated Washington State for lack of disaster planning for school buildings: "Seismic Neglect: Tens of thousands of Washington students attend schools in tsunami and earthquake zones. But the state, ignoring the advice of safety experts, doesn’t require seismic evaluations or upgrades."

Read the article: external link icon

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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views

Ten recent stories, reports, or opinions from around the Web:

oneChina's first earthquake insurance starts sale (CRI) Homeowners can buy insurance policies with a maximum payout of 1 million yuan ($150,000). external link icon

oneArchitects say this 3D-printed house in China can withstand earthquakes (AsiaOne) Made in just 45 days from concrete and able to withstand an 8.0 earthquake? external link icon

oneVictim blaming: why donors care less about wars than earthquakes (CivilSociety) Why are people less likely to donate to victims of "human-caused" disasters? external link icon

oneEuropean and Asian scientists take to the sea to fathom the '2012 Great Earthquake' (EurekAlert) Indian Ocean investigation on the cause of the largest intraplate earthquake ever recorded in an ocean. external link icon

fiveMegathrust earthquake: Ticking time bomb threatening Bangladesh (New Zealand Herald) Decade-long study of the area detects massive fault beneath Bangladesh, parts of India and Myanmar. external link icon

sixAt least 20 Portland schools likely to fall apart in an earthquake (The Orgonian) City Council considers enacting mandatory earthquake retrofitting standards. external link icon

sevenPortland Public Schools plans to seek $750 million construction bond (The Oregonian) "If we do have this earthquake in the next five to 10 years, it's our kids, our teachers, our faculty..." external link icon

eightGurgaon to get hi-tech earthquake warning system (Hindustan Times) System will alert citizens in Indian city within 30 seconds of initial seismic waves. external link icon

nine‘Geologic Detective’ Unearths L.A.’s Seismic Secrets (University of Southern California) Earthquake geologist studies subtle clues for hidden faults in an urban landscape. external link icon

tenThe 'Holy Grail' for earthquake scientists has been accidentally destroyed (Los Angeles Times) Iconic offset sidewalk curb on California's Hayward Fault unwittingly repaired. external link icon

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2017 EERI Annual Meeting

Save the Date: 2017 EERI Annual Meeting

2017-mtgA reminder to mark your calendar with EERI's 69th Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, March 7-10, 2017. There will be an enticing program, workshops, and tours with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Look for the meeting website in the fall with all the information, but make sure to save the dates

For 2018, planning of the 11th United States National Conference on Earthquake Engineering is already underway. In addition to the full slate of Annual Meeting activities, the National Conference will feature robust technical programs and tours. The 10th National Conference in Alaska was EERI's most successful meeting in attendance, enthusiasm, and attendee interaction in years. We look forward to an even more rewarding experience for the 11NCEE. Plan now to join us in Los Angeles, California, June 24-29, 2018.

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Opportunity: Professor of Earthquake-Resistant Building

groningenThe Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (The Netherlands) has an opening for a new position of Professor in Earthquake-Resistant Construction/Buildings at its Centre of Applied Research for Built Environment - NoorderRuimte.

Groningen has experienced recent increased seismic activity, and this professorship will focus on applied research concerning the relation between the subsoil and its effect on the topsoil in Groningen and the consequences for the built environment and the quality of life in the area.

Full job announcement external link icon (PDF)

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Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

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

  • "Analytical Model for Segmented Pipe Response to Tensile Ground Strain" by Michael O’Rourke and Tatiana Vargas-Londono
  • "Empirical Terrain-Based Topographic Modification Factors for Use in Ground Motion Prediction" by Manisha Rai, Adrian Rodriguez-Marek (M. EERI, 1999), and Brian S. Chiou


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.

Amit Dutt, CH2M Hill Inc, Structural
Ganesh Gaud, Delhi College of Engineering
Santosh Kathe, Santosh Kathe & Associates, Structural

Gholamreza Sobhaninejad, Insurance Australia Group, Risk Analysis

Seda Gokyer, Geocomp Corp, Geotechnical
Catalina Yepes-Estrada, GEM Foundation, Risk Analysis

Sergio Vera, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Civil

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