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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

EERI Learning From Earthquakes Endowment Fund

At the 2019 EERI Annual Meeting, EERI President Laurie Johnson (M.EERI,1990) announced a bold new initiative of EERI -- a fundraising campaign for the Learning From Earthquakes (LFE) program with a goal of raising $4 million dollars to ensure the continuation of a robust and dynamic LFE program for generations to come.

The campaign seeks $2 million in cash pledges paid over a 5 year period, and another $2 million in testamentary gifts. All early donors who make a cash pledge prior to July 2019 will be given the distinction of "LFE Endowment Founding Benefactor."

Can we count on your contribution today? To view a full list of donation levels, visit the EERI LFE website. Donors at the Partner level or above will be added to the prestigious "LFE Benefactor's Circle."

A $4 million fund would provide approximately $200,000 annually to help LFE fulfill its core mission of accelerating and increasing learning from earthquake-induced disasters through multi-disciplinary field reconnaissance, data gathering and sharing, as well as supporting continued program innovation and expansion.

Prior to the public launch last week, a small whisper campaign inspired 22 donors to pledge $691,750 in cash donations to be paid over five years, and $845,000 in promised testamentary/estate gifts. These early donors represent a diverse cross section of EERI membership from academic to practitioner and early career to expert. All of them agree that the LFE program should be maintained into the future and that it is critical to EERI's future success.

LFE Endowment Founding Benefactors

David A. Friedman and Paulette J. Meyer* (M.EERI,1988)
Mary C. Comerio* (M.EERI,1988)
Chris Poland* (M.EERI,1978)
Laurie Johnson* (M.EERI,1990)
Jack P. Moehle* (M.EERI,1981)
Marshall and Jenny Lew* (M.EERI,1978)
Charles Huyck (M.EERI,2002)
Barry Welliver (M.EERI,2002)
Erica Fischer (M.EERI,2010)
Greg Deierlein (M.EERI,1989)
Judith Mitrani-Reiser (M.EERI,2001) 
Jorge F. Meneses (M.EERI,2006)

Ashraf Habibullah* (M.EERI,1999)
Thalia Anagnos and Jeff Koseff* (M.EERI,1982)
Lucy Arendt* (M.EERI,2008)
Heidi and Bill Tremayne* (M.EERI,2004)
Susan Tubbesing* (M.EERI,1988)
Farzad Naeim* (M.EERI,1983)
Terry Lundeen* (M.EERI,1983)
John Anderson (M.EERI,1980)
Ross and Joyce Boulanger (M.EERI,1992)
Maggie Ortiz-Millan (M.EERI,2012)
Tara Hutchinson (M.EERI,1995)

* LFE Benefactor’s Circle member

Please help us add to this momentum by considering your own gift today. If you would like to learn more about why this campaign was launched, LFE impacts over the last 70 years, and how EERI plays a unique role on the earthquake reconnaissance landscape, please read our full case statement on the website or contact President Laurie Johnson, Past-President David Friedman or Executive Director Heidi Tremayne for more information.


2019 Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition - The Results Are In!

The 16th Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition took place during the 2019 EERI Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on March 5-8. Organized by the EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC), more than 300 students competed on 39 teams from 8 countries, 16 states (USA) and Puerto Rico. The action kicked off on Tuesday with team presentations, architectural and poster judging, followed by a lively team auction and reception. SDC activities continued throughout the week. Wednesday was Shake Day and nerves were on edge (view the photo gallery courtesy of CSI). Thousands of remote viewers watched on a live Facebook stream! Students could finally unwind that evening at a fabulous party hosted by CSI celebrating these future engineers. Friday morning the students enjoyed a walking tour of Vancouver, followed by the highly anticipated SDC awards ceremony.

Stanford 2019 SDC 1stThe winner of the 2019 EERI Seismic Design Competition is Stanford University! The team from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was awarded second place and the University of Memphis received third place honors.

Several teams were recognized with additional awards during the ceremony. In addition to winning first place, Stanford University also took home Honorable Mention for Best Seismic Performance. The University of Texas at Austin was awarded Honorable Mention for Best Architecture. The University of Toronto was recognized with the CSI Best Communication Skills Award. Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra received the Egor Popov Award for Structural Innovation sponsored by Degenkolb; and The Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest won the Charles Richter Award for Spirit of the Competition sponsored by Kinemetrics. The winner of the tee shirt design competition was Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.

The EERI SLC wishes to thank the eight generous sponsors who made the competition possible: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Computer and Structures, Inc.(CSI), Trimble, Inc., Degenkolb Engineers, Kinemetrics, California Earthquake Authority, Oregon State University (OSU), and the University of California, Davis, Center for Geotechnical Modeling.

EERI congratulates all award winners and competitors on an outstanding competition! 

Photo: (L to R) SLC Co-President Shannon Spiers (M.EERI,2013), Mike Mahoney (M.EERI,1996), FEMA, and SLC Co-President Cristina Iordache (M.EERI,2015), with the winning team from Stanford University.


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EERI Program Update

American Samoa Project Opportunity - Deadline Extended

eeri logo square 2018 2.5x2.5Updated March 20, 2019: The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), on behalf of the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS), is seeking a consultant specializing in seismic assessment of structures to complete a seismic assessment of the Port of Pago Pago in American Samoa. This project would include one site visit to American Samoa and would need to be completed by June 30, 2019.

For more information about the project, please view the news article that includes a link to the RFP document, some frequently asked questions, and other material.

The deadline to submit proposal materials has been extended to Friday, March 29, 2019. Proposals should be directed to EERI Project Manager Zoe Yin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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NHERI SimCenter Releases New Report: “State of the Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering”

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The NHERI SimCenter has released Report No. 2019-01, “State of the Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering.” The report was edited by Gregory G. Deierlein (M.EERI,1998) and Adam Zsarnóczay (M.EERI,2018). Contributors include: Pedro Arduino; Jack W. Baker (M.EERI,2004); Jonathan D. Bray (M.EERI,1990); Joel P. Conte; Gregory G. Deierlein (M.EERI,1998); George Deodatis; Wael Elhaddad; Michael Gardner; Sanjay Govindjee; Liang Hu; Ahsan Kareem; Tracy Kijewski-Correa (M.EERI,2000); Patrick J. Lynett; Frank McKenna; Yuki Miura (M.EERI,2012); Michael Motley; Ertugrul Taciroglu; Alexandros Taflanidis; Iris Tien; Chaofeng Wang; and Adam Zsarnóczay (M.EERI,2018)

This report provides an overview and review of simulation requirements and software tools for natural hazards engineering of the built environment. The report summarizes state-of-the-art in relevant topic areas and identifies major research gaps and needs for the community. Further, the report summarizes how tools being developed by the NHERI SimCenter are advancing the state-of-art in simulating the effects of natural hazards on the built environment.

The simulations discussed in this report are an essential component of research to address the three grand challenge areas and associated research questions outlined in the NHERI Science Plan: (1) quantifying natural hazards and their effects on civil infrastructure; (2) evaluating the vulnerability of civil infrastructure and social vulnerability of populations in at risk communities; and (3) creation of technologies and tools to design and implement measures to promote resilience to natural hazards.

Read/download the report.
Learn more on the SimCenter Knowledge Hub Reports page.


New PEER Report 2019/01: "Flow-Failure Case History of the Las Palmas, Chile, Tailings Dam"

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PEER has published Report No. 2019/01: “Flow-Failure Case History of the Las Palmas, Chile, Tailings Dam." The report is authored by R.E.S. Moss (M.EERI,2003), T.R. Gebhart, D.J. Frost (M.EERI,2007), and C. Ledezma (M.EERI,2012).

Visit the PEER publications page to download a pdf of the report.

Abstract: This report documents the flow failure of the Las Palmas tailings dam that was induced by the 27 February 2010 Maule Chile M8.8 earthquake. The Las Palmas site is located in Central Chile in Region VII near the town of Talca. Construction of the tailings dam occurred between 1998 as part of a gold mining operation and was no longer in active use. The ground shaking from the earthquake induced liquefaction of the saturated tailings material and resulted in a flow failure that ran out upwards of 350 m, flowing downslope in two directions.

This report is broken into three sections:  A summary of the construction and flow failure of the Las Palmas tailings dam; Details on the field investigations at the site, including the 2010 GEER reconnaissance, 2011 litigation support [DICTUC 2012], and the recent PEER–NGL-funded 2017 investigation; and Back-analysis of the flow failure by Gebhart [2016] to estimate the residual strength.  

The goal of this work is to provide a “high-quality” flow-failure case history to augment the existing database. The existing database is composed of roughly thirty case histories of varying quality (e.g., Weber et al. [2015] and Kramer and Wang [2015]). Herein, the term “high-quality” means that the in situ measurements were made in a controlled and repeatable manner, and that the back-analysis of the residual strength was performed considering static and dynamic effects of the slide mass. The results from this research indicate that the median back-analyzed residual strength of the liquefied material is ~8.3 kPa (~173 psf) at a pre-earthquake vertical effective stress of 2 atm (~200 kpa or 4000 psf), which is correlated to a median SPT blow count of N1,60~2.5, a median CPT tip resistance of qc1~1.3 MPa, and a median shear-wave velocity of VS1~172 m/sec. The back analyzed residual strength has a nominal coefficient of variation of 5.5% determined using a sensitivity analysis.

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EERI Subscribing Members

Please Welcome EQ Restraint Technologies, Inc. & Quanser: New EERI Bronze Level Subscribing Members!

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EQ Restraint Technologies Inc.
is a leader in generic seismic restraint concept whose principal has over fifteen years experience in this highly specialized field. We make one seismic restraint systems that work for all nonstructural components. EQ Restaint Technologies' clients consist of Hospitals and Health Authorities.



Quanser was founded in 1989 responding to the need for desktop hardware platforms optimized for teaching and research in engineering education. Quanser is now the global leader in the design and manufacture of refined products, solutions and complete labs that have transformed the way educators teach the theory, application, and implementation of controls, robotics, and mechatronics. Over 2,500 universities and institutions rely on Quanser labs and solutions to help them attract, educate and graduate a new generation of engineering leaders – expanding their presence and reputation on the global academic scene.

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Welcome New Members

EERI Welcomes New Members to the Institute

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Alireza Ahmadnia, BC Ministry of Transportation, Canada
Karen Hartel, Stantec, Geotechnical, Canada
Scott Nacheman, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, United States
Brandon Sullivan, StructureCraft Builders Inc., Canada
Bill Szto, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Canada
Jocelyn Vargas, Vase Sísmica, Mexico

Alaa Sherif, Helwan University, Civil, Egypt

Ryan Day, CSU Chico, Civil
Heba Elshrif, Hewan University, Civil
Andres Espinoza, Sacramento State University, Civil
Mostafa Farag, Helwan University, Civil
Marc-Ansy Laguerre, University of Pittsburgh, Civil
Mostafa Mohammed, Helwan University, Civil
Jessica Richard, UC Berkeley, Structural
Mohamoud Salah, Helwan University, Civil
Anurag Sharma, National Institute of Technology, Raipur, India, Civil
Gideon Tamir, University of Southern California, Civil
Kathleen Williams, Portland State University


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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News & Views

Seven (7) recent news articles, stories, opinions and reports from around the web.

1oneVancouver Moving Ahead with Plans to Reduce Earthquake Risk in Private Buildings (Vancouver Sun) The City of Vancouver is pushing ahead on a promised plan to reduce the seismic risk of private buildings that will hinge on a new technical earthquake risk assessment. The city is working with Natural Resources Canada on sophisticated computer modelling that will include factors such as soil type on potential earthquake damage to buildings in Vancouver. Read more

2twoNearly 4,500 Older Brick Buildings in Washington Could be Dangerous in a Quake, New Report Says (Northwest News Network) The State of Washington has completed its first statewide inventory of buildings prone to crumble or collapse in an earthquake. The bottom line: There are an awful lot of unreinforced, old brick or stone buildings that could be dangerous — a similar number to estimates in Oregon. An interactive online database shows down to the city block where vulnerable buildings are, the year they were built and whether the construction style is known or merely suspected to be dangerous in an earthquake. Read more

3threeThousands of Alaskans Report Post-Earthquake Anxiety and Other Psychological Distress in Study (NBC2 KTUU) Data collected from a Dept. of Health and Social Services survey show for the first time some of the health impacts experienced by residents of Southcentral Alaska as a result of the Nov. 30 earthquake. The Division of Public Health collected data from more than 3,000 respondents between Dec. 19 and Jan. 17, a small number of whom reported physical injuries, and many more who reported increased feelings of anxiety, fear, and other psychological symptoms in the weeks following the earthquake. Read more

4fourThree Independent Models Converge on the High Earthquake Potential of Los Angeles (Temblor) Metropolitan Los Angeles is being squeezed from south to north at 8-9 mm/yr (⅓ inch per year), about one-fourth the rate your fingernails grow. This squeeze was the ultimate driving force behind the 1971 San Fernando, 1987 Whittier Narrows and 1994 Northridge earthquakes, three days Angelenos need no reminder of. The tolls of these quakes prompt a natural question. Read more

5fiveFederal, State, and Local Agencies Train in Earthquake Emergency Scenario (ABC6-KIVI Boise) Idaho is one of the most active states in terms in earthquakes each year according to the Idaho Office of Emergency Management. Federal, state, and local agencies are working together to exercise their plan in case of an emergency here in Idaho. In this case, an earthquake. Read more

6sixGlobal Earthquake Insurance Market (2019) Segmentation, Growth Factor, Recent Trend and Opportunity Analysis 2025 (Global News Journal) The research is comprised of analysis pertaining to several market segments, of which the application category represents the adoption scenario of Earthquake Insurance in various industrial applications across the globe. The article provides a link to request a sample of the Earthquake Insurance Market report. Read more

7sevenUBC Releases Detailed Seismic Plan Should an Earthquake Strike (Journal of Commerce) The University of British Columbia recently drew on its extensive academic expertise on seismic engineering while modelling and assessing the campuses buildings for a 20-year seismic resiliency plan. Jennifer Sanguinetti, managing director of infrastructure development at UBC, working with Carlos Ventura (M.EERI,1987), a civil engineering professor and director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility, and a team of UBC researchers created state-of-the-art three-dimensional structural models and assessed the material properties of 18 buildings classified as high-risk on the school’s Vancouver site. Read more



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