Learning from Earthquakes
While relief work related to Anchorage’s M 7.0 earthquake continues, EERI has moved quickly to gather and disseminate information on earthquake effects and serve the community by coordinating responses among individuals and organizations.
Key impacts being reported by reconnaissance teams include:
- Damage to roadways and engineered fills
- Damage to single family homes, especially foundation damage, and
- Non-structural damage in schools and hospitals.
To support reconnaissance efforts, EERI has responded in the following ways:
- EERI has established a virtual earthquake clearinghouse website with resources including a data map and geolocated photo gallery. Visit the virtual earthquake clearinghouse website. Featured resources on the website include links to:
- Strong motion data from the Center for Engineering Strong Motion Data (CESMD)
- Pre-event LiDAR imagery and data from the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, and
- The FEMA Earthquake Incident Journal which displays data from the US Geological Survey, FEMA’s hazard exposure map, indicating most likely areas of expected damage, and HAZUS Modeled Building Damage and Loss Estimates.
- Wael Hassan (M.EERI,2008) and John Thornley (M.EERI,2008) have been selected as the EERI Reconnaissance Leads to support in-field reconnaissance coordination. They will be developing a collaborative, multi-disciplinary Learning from Earthquakes report and will be soliciting contributions from others in the field.
- EERI is hosting daily clearinghouse briefings (attended both in-person and virtually) that began the day following the earthquake and will continue until further notice. The briefings serve as an opportunity to hear updates from those in the field and as a platform for coordination and collaboration among other reconnaissance teams that may travel to Alaska.
- EERI's Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT) has developed an initial report summarizing impacts based on online news and social media sources. This report will be available on the virtual earthquake clearinghouse website.
- VERT is also available to provide virtual support to anyone or any teams conducting reconnaissance.
- EERI's Business Resilience Survey working group is actively considering deploying their initial survey to understand and document cascading impacts to businesses in Anchorage.
- EERI's LFE Executive Committee is actively considering any further reconnaissance needs for this earthquake.
For more information on how EERI members can contribute, please visit the virtual earthquake clearinghouse.
Image: Virtual Earthquake Clearinghouse data map showing USGS Shakemap, epicenter, and ground motion recording stations; CESMED Strong Motion Data stations; damage locations gleaned from social media; and reconnaissance observations. This data map is hosted on the FEMA GeoPlatform.
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News of the Institute
Following are highlights from the EERI Board of Directors meeting held on Friday, September 21, 2018.
Student Activities Committee (SAC): The Board approved a request from the Student Activities Committee to change its name to the Student Awards Committee and to revise its charge to reduce overlap with the activities of the Younger Members Committee. Current Chair Terri Norton (M.EERI,2004) concluded her term. Thank you, Terri, for your hard work! The Board approved the committee's nomination of Patricia Clayton (M.EERI,2012), assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, as chair for the 2018-2019 academic year.
2019 Budgeting Process: The Board and staff are in the midst of EERI’s annual budgeting process, which begins each summer and produces an approved budget in December, in advance of our calendar-based fiscal year. The Board’s Budget Committee uses proposals from chairs of EERI programs to inform the process and develop a balanced budget that ensures the success and impact of the Institute’s many activities.
11NCEE Revenue and Expense Recap: The Board received a complete 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering debrief report from the organizing committee and staff that will be used to inform future planning of the 12NCEE in 2022. The Board also reviewed a financial report that showed that 11NCEE revenues will exceed expenses. This outcome resulted from high attendance – 1,265 total registrants - and exceedance of the exhibit and sponsorship targets. The Board decided to reinvest all conference proceeds into Institute activities in 2019. The Board also formally commended the organizing committee and staff for their extraordinary efforts to make the conference a success.
March 5-8, 2019
What to Expect
- An exciting and informational program ranging from very specific technical sessions to broader themed sessions exploring how communities can work cooperatively towards resilience;
- New facilitated interactive workshops, alongside traditional technical sessions as well as sessions highlighting EERI programs such as Learning from Earthquakes;
- Opportunities to tour the University of British Columbia Shake Lab, retrofitted schools in Vancouver and the lower mainland, and a structural retrofit tour of the St. George's School;
- An engaged, multi-disciplinary, international audience that will include engineers, scientists, planners, emergency managers, policy makers, social scientists, researchers, students, journalists, and many others with the common goal, "Reaching Resilience Faster by Working Together;" and
Register now and receive an Early Bird Discount (offer ends Dec. 31, 2018)!
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Scientists to release new global earthquake risk map on December 5th
Global maps to enhance disaster risk reduction strategies worldwide
The GEM Foundation (Global Earthquake Model) will present the global earthquake hazard and risk maps on December 5 th 2018 in Pavia, Italy aimed to enhance disaster risk reduction strategies worldwide. Hundreds of collaborators from public, private and academic organizations around the world worked together for many years to produce the global maps expected to set a new benchmark for global earthquake hazard and risk assessment.
The earthquake hazard map, a mosaic of more than 30 national and regional models, is the first major, global effort of its kind since the release of GSHAP in 1999. The new map is derived from much more detailed information on active faults and ground shaking from past earthquakes, as well as information from local experts.
The earthquake risk map, comprised of national and regional exposure and vulnerability models, is the most comprehensive global assessment of earthquake risk to date. It also features individual country earthquake risk profiles.
“Scientific efforts around the world are helping us better understand earthquake phenomena and improve risk mitigation and emergency preparedness so we are ready when earthquakes occur. Our Government is proud of Canada’s contribution to earthquake science and to the GEM Foundation’s efforts,” says the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.
For the first time, the data behind these global maps have been centrally stored on GEM’s online platform open and accessible to a wide-range of users – from risk analysts, emergency planners and managers to researchers, modelers and the public at large.
“It has been almost a decade now since GEM started this initiative. The collaboration across public, private and academic sectors has been truly exceptional. On December 5th we are happy to unveil and share this achievement not just with our partners, but with the entire disaster risk reduction community as well,” John Schneider, GEM Secretary General.
More than 100 delegates from around the world and across various sectors will gather for the presentation of the global maps on the 5 th of December at the Chiesa dei Santi Giacomo e Filippo, Pavia, Italy. The event will feature speakers from Natural Resources - Geoscience Canada, EAFIT University – Colombia, PusGen – Indonesia and Global Parametrics – United States covering topics from the impacts of the recent Lombok and Palu earthquakes and reducing insurance gap in developing countries, to national and urban earthquake resilience strategy development.
Join the event via live streaming and social media.
We are seeking a Post Doctoral Researcher within the Geologic Hazards Science Center to apply state-of-the-art risk estimation methodologies associated with spatially distributed infrastructure assets and to model the impact from network interdependencies. In addition, the researcher is expected to investigate and develop new, innovative techniques to model individual and systemic risk of select infrastructure and potentially propose a broader multi-sector framework to evaluate earthquake risk for developing mitigation priorities.
For more information about the USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship, please click here.
To see the full job posting on usajobs.gov for information including potential research topics, responsibilities, requirements, compensation, and how to apply, please click here.Back to top >
EERI Membership Renewal Reminder
We hope you will continue your support of EERI and our mission in 2019!
Together, we can reduce earthquake risk for our communities.
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Welcome New EERI Members
Marco Antonio Acosta, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas - ESPE, Civil, Ecuador
Juan Sebastian Lopez, Consulproy, Geotechnical, Ecuador
Maxwell Harrison Ober, UC San Diego, Structural
Simona Esposito, Swiss Re, Risk Analysis
Nicole Wang, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, Structural
Mark Bryant Membreno, Thornton Tomasetti, Structural
Stephania Moreno, California State University, Chico, Civil
Bryan Virgilio Brito Martinez, INTEC, Civil
Rodolfo Augusto Gonzalez Garduno, University, Geotechnical
Victor Hugo Padilla de Dios, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Civil
Brayan Mamani Emmanuel, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Civil
Josue Rocha, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Civil
Mohsen Zaker Esteghamati, Virginia Tech, Structural
Nabil Jose Allaf, Victoria University of Wellington, Architect
Sneha Upadhyaya, Virginia Tech, Civil
Brandon Nick Quintana, Structural
Harsh Bohra, Purdue University, Structural
Shahrzad Dastmalchi, UCLA, Civil
Haoxin Zhu, University , Civil
Yucel Alp, University of Texas at Austin, Structural
Evgeny Kozyaev, Portland State University, Structural
Azeez Adedeji Aderounmu, UC San Diego, Structural
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News of the Profession
Eight (8) recent news articles, stories, opinions and reports from around the web.
Earthquake Early Warning System Bill Headed to President Trump's Desk (Fortune) A piece of bipartisan legislation is on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk after the United States House of Representatives approved the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2018 on Tuesday, Nov. 27th. Read more
The Anchorage Earthquake Was Terrifying. But the Damage Could’ve Been Much Worse (New York Times) The M7 earthquake that jolted Anchorage on Friday cracked buildings, damaged roads and buckled bridges, drawing swift comparisons to the 1964 temblor that devastated the region... but the region’s growing smarter and much more resilient in the years since. Anchorage was much better prepared for a major earthquake. Read more
More Than 400 Hurt in Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake in Iran (New Zealand Herald) A magnitude 6.3 temblor struck western Iran Sunday 25 November near Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's Kermanshah province, which was the epicentre of an earthquake last year that killed more than 600 people and where some still remain homeless... 411 people were hurt, though most injuries were minor and only 15 hospitalised. Read more
Bay Area Residents Aren't Prepared for the Next Earthquake. This Startup Wants to Change That (SF Business Times) Only 13% of California residents have earthquake insurance, according to the CA Department of Insurance. Jumpstart was launched by Kate Stillwell (M.EERI,2000) in early October as an entry point to making earthquake insurance easier to get. Read more
New Zealand’s North and South Islands are Moving Closer Together After Devastating 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake in 2016 (Daily Mail) The Kaikōura earthquake brought the two islands five metres closer together in 2016, post-quake monitoring revealed. Read more
The Big One: Preparing for the Next Powerful Earthquake (Daily Barometer) Corvallis, Oregon is in the middle of a fault line consisting of two tectonic plates. Scott Ashford (M.EERI,1992), Dean of the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, and Erica Fischer (M.EERI,2010), assistant professor in civil and construction engineering at OSU, provide expertise. Read more
The Main Types of Seismic Waves: P, S, and Surface Waves (ZME Science) This article is geared for the layperson, and offers easy-to-understand explanations covering: Why seismic waves are important, earthquakes, assessing hazards, constructing better buildings, "early" earthquake warning systems, studying the Earth with seismic waves, and more. Read more
Dozens of San Francisco Buildings Share Weakness That May Leave Them Vulnerable During Earthquakes (Weather Channel) "The Tall Buildings Safety Strategy," a new report by the Applied Technology Council, revealed that 68 high-rise buildings in San Francisco — all built between 1964 and 1989 — have steel skeletons that were welded together using a technique that has been found susceptible to breaking during an earthquake. Gregory Deierlein (M.EERI,1999), Danielle Mieler (M.EERI,2009), and Keith Porter (M.EERI,1998) are quoted in this article. Read moreBack to top >