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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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EERI Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Highlights

EERI’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPA) has been hard at work in early 2019 under the leadership of co-chairs Zahraa Saiyed and Chris Poland. Below are some highlights:

The California Public Policy and Advocacy Subcommittee was formed to track and respond to California seismic legislation. This subcommittee’s membership spans the US and is being chaired by Danielle Mieler and John Parrish. Two pieces of precedent-setting California legislation are being tracked by the newly formed California PPA Subcommittee and are officially supported by the EERI Board of Directors.

  • AB 393 would require the California Building Standards Commission to assemble a working group to consider whether a “functional recovery” standard is warranted for all or some building occupancy classifications in the state and identify practical means of implementing this standard. This bill passed the California State Assembly on April 10, 2019.
  • AB429 would require the California Seismic Safety Commission to identify funding sources and develop a bidding process for hiring a third-party contractor to develop a standardized statewide inventory of the state’s most seismically vulnerable buildings. This bill passed the California State Assembly on April 3, 2019.

For more information on these bills, justifications on EERI’s positions, and progress updates, visit the PPA Legislative Action Center.

If you are interested in convening a PPA subcommittee to track legislation in your state, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The PPA at large has continued to develop policy position statements to guide EERI’s positions on seismic legislation and the development of new legislation. The PPA has also begun the exciting work of developing a Citizen Advocate Initiative, affording EERI members tools to become leaders and advocates for seismic safety in their own communities and at state and federal levels. If you would like to be a part of any or all of these activities please consider joining the PPA! To join, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


EERI Internships & EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellowships: Application Deadline Approaching

EERI Summer/Fall Post-Graduate Internship Opportunities:  Applications are due April 21, 2019!

eeri logo square 2018 2.5x2.5The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has 1-2 internship positions available for recent graduates who are interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission to reduce earthquake risk. Summer/Fall 2019 interns are expected to start as early as May 2019. For more information about the program including criteria, qualifications, stipend, and how to apply, please click here.


2019-2020 EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellowships:  Applications are due May 31, 2019!

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The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is pleased to announce the availability of two Graduate Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year to support full-time students in a discipline contributing to the science and practice of earthquake hazard mitigation. The one-year fellowship, underwritten with funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is designed to foster the participation of capable individuals in working toward goals and activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. To learn more, please click here.

Applications must be submitted online by May 31, 2019. Click here to apply.


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Learning From Earthquakes

Now Available: Webinar Recording from Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing

Alaska EQ Webinar screenshotOn February 14, 2019, EERI hosted the Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar as a part of the Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) program. A recording of the webinar is now available on the Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse website and on the EERI YouTube channel.
During this webinar, members of reconnaissance teams that studied the impacts of November 30, 2018 earthquake presented their observations. The briefing included the following presentations:

  • EERI Response and Coordination: Heidi Tremayne (M.EERI,2004), EERI
  • Earthquake Overview: Mike West, Alaska Earthquake Center
  • Emergency Management & Response: Amanda Siok, FEMA Region X
  • Geotechnical Impacts: John Thornley (M.EERI,2008), Golder
  • Structural Engineering Impacts: Wael Hassan (M.EERI,2008), University of Alaska, Anchorage

For more information on the Alaska Earthquake, visit the Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake Clearinghouse website.

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Regional Chapter News

EERI Sacramento Regional Chapter Co-hosts 2019 Geo Symposium and Field Expo

Sacrmaneto event2On March 29-30, 2019, the EERI Sacramento Regional Chapter co-hosted the 2019 Geo Symposium and Field Expo: "A Geo-Resilient Sacramento." Partnering with the Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists (AEG) and American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Geo-Institute, the symposium's cross-focus on engineering geology, seismology, and geotechnical engineering attracted more than 80 attendees from a variety of disciplines.

The full schedule offered keynote speakers including Dr. Raymond B. Seed and Dr. Khaled Chowdhury, a field expo including demonstration of a Sonic Rig and discussions with the experts, a networking event, and oral presentations by engineers and geologists.

The chapter extends appreciation to the organizing committee including Alexander Wright (M.EERI,2012), Meredith Beswick, Holly Nichols, Kartik Atyam, John Murphy (M.EERI,2018), and Rick Ortiz among others for their numerous volunteer contributions that led to a fantastic event! The chapter also extends appreciation to the numerous vendors and sponsors who made the event possible including EROCK Aerospace, Norcal Geophysical, Lettis Consultants International, Kleinfelder, and Farrell Design-Build.

If you would like more information about the Sacramento Regional Chapter, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Chapter's website.

Photo: Cascade Drilling's Sonic Rig & crew


EERI San Diego Regional Chapter’s 2nd Ishihara Colloquium and One-Day Short Course

We would like to formally invite you to join the EERI San Diego Chapter at the 2nd Kenji Ishihara Colloquium Series on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. The theme of this year’s colloquium will be “Seismic Lateral Displacements.” The colloquium will take place on August 22-23, 2019 on the beautiful campus of San Diego State University (SDSU).

At the colloquium, we will take the opportunity to honor the lifetime contributions and achievements in seismic lateral displacements and earthquake geotechnical engineering of Prof. T. Leslie Youd (M.EERI,1974), Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University (pictured below).

Prof YoudThe 2nd Kenji Ishihara Colloquium will include an extraordinary lineup of geotechnical and structural engineering speakers from USA, Japan, and Chile. We have already received confirmation from several prestigious speakers and will continue to add others. The following speakers have confirmed their participation in the colloquium: Prof. T. Leslie Youd (BYU), Dr. Bob Pyke (M.EERI,1977), Prof. Masanori Hamada (Japan), Prof. Nozomu Yoshida (Japan), Prof. Ikuo Towhata (Japan), Prof. Christian Ledezma (M.EERI,2012) (Chile), Prof. Kevin Franke (BYU), Prof. Jonathan Bray (M.EERI,1990) (UC Berkeley), Prof. Thomas O’Rourke (M.EERI,1980) (Cornell University), Prof. Jose Restrepo (UCSD), Prof. Jonathan Stewart (M.EERI,1994) (UCLA), Dr. Lisheng Shao (Hayward Baker, Inc.), and Lawrence Burkett (M.EERI,2011) (Maffei SE).

Additionally, we are currently organizing a one-day short course planned to take place on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 also on the campus of San Diego State University. The short course will be provided by Drs. Nicolas Luco and Peter Powers on the various USGS web-based interactive tools available for seismic analyses including the use of OpenSHA to perform site-specific seismic hazard analysis using the 2014 USGS National Seismic Hazard Model and required by the upcoming 2019 California Building Code.

Please save the dates of August 21-23, 2019 for the one-day short course and 2nd Kenji Ishihara Colloquium Series at San Diego State University. Registration will open soon.

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Blind Prediction Competition 2019

QuakeCoRE, in collaboration with the National Centre for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), Taiwan, is excited to announce a competition to predict the response of reinforced concrete structures with torsional irregularities to earthquake shaking.

Expressions of interest are due by 5pm, 1 May, with the prediction documentation to be submitted by 5pm, 15 August.

Further details are available here.


USGS 2020 Earthquake Hazards External Grants Program Announcement

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USGS External Grants Program: Call for Proposals
Deadline May 29, 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides support for research that will assist in achieving the goals of the Earthquake Hazards Program. The goal is to mitigate earthquake losses that can occur in many parts of the nation by providing earth science data and assessments essential for land-use planning, engineering design, and emergency preparedness decisions.

The USGS External Grants Annual Program announcement is for competitive proposals for grants and cooperative agreements to support research in earthquake hazards, the physics of earthquakes, earthquake occurrence, and earthquake safety policy. To learn more, please click here.

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Georgia Tech School of Civil & Environmental Engineering Job Announcement


The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia is seeking qualified candidates for a full- or part-time non-tenure-track Professor of the Practice position in Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials. A full description of this position may be found here.


Bauhaus Summer School: August 4 - 16, 2019

Target Group: M.Sc. / PhD / graduates in the fields of civil and structural engineering.

Summary Description: Bauhaus-Universität Weimar presents special topics of Structural Engineering to highlight the broad spectrum of civil engineering in the field of modeling and simulation. The course language is English.  The special character of this course is in the combination of basic disciplines of structural engineering with applied research projects in the areas of steel and reinforced concrete structures, earthquake engineering, geotechnics as well as informatics and linking them to mathematical methods and modern tools of visualization. The expected outputs of the summer course are to enable the participating students to deal with advanced methods in model validation and simulation and its practical application, as well as the exchange of ideas between the participating students. For details including topics & projects, scholarship information, and how to apply, please click here.


Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Awards in 2019

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The Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation (China) and the US-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation (USA) are pleased to announce that about ten (10) Liu Huixian Earthquake Engineering Scholarship Awards are available in 2019. Applicants must currently be enrolled as a full-time master’s degree or doctoral degree student in earthquake engineering or a closely related field. Applicants must be at a university or research institute in China, USA, Singapore, or a member center of the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER).

Application materials should be submitted electronically to the Secretariat of the Huixian Earthquake Engineering Foundation by June 30, 2019. For more information including how to apply for a scholarship, please read the full announcement

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Welcome New EERI Members

EERI Welcomes New Members to the Institute!

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Hang Choi, AIMAC Structure Co. Ltd., Civil

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Andrew Jerabek, Quanser, Education
Robin Lee, Seismologist
Hayley Proctor, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Structural
Lester Silfa, Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), Civil

Ali Majdi, Al-Mustaqbal University, Civil, Iraq

Mirian Corona-Valdez, CSU Chico, Structural
Soukayna El Hammouli, Concordia University, Civil
Mohamed Farag, Helwan University, Civil
Charlotte Gilder, University of Bristol, Civil
Sebastian Miranda, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Structural
Mahmoud Mostafa, Helwan University, Civil
Alfredo Romero Guzman, University of Luxembourg, Structural
Fei Tong, University of Toronto, Structural
Madison Williams, UC San Diego, Structural

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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.

1oneWhat a Major Earthquake Would do to San Francisco (San Francisco Chronicle) A repeat of the most powerful earthquake in San Francisco’s history would knock out phone communications, leave swaths of the city in the dark, cut off water to neighborhoods and kill up to 7,800 people, according to state and federal projections. Read more

2twoSecrets from the New Madrid Seismic Zone’s Quaking Past (EOS) A study in Geophysical Research Letters reports high-resolution airborne LiDAR data from the New Madrid Seismic Zone have given new insights into past shaking events in the region ... which include a history of four earthquakes (or earthquake sequences) that occurred before 1860, one of which occurred thousands of years ago in the early to middle Holocene and the rest of which occurred after 340 CE. Read more

3threeDunleavy Signs Bill Authorizing $141M in Earthquake Relief (KTVA-Alaska) Senate Bill 38, which the governor signed during a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, authorizes the state to receive $103 million in federal funding for recovery from Southcentral Alaska's 7.1 quake. "This bill, SB 38, the disaster relief bill, is going to be very important for Alaska, Southcentral Alaska to make sure that we get our bridges and roads up to speed," Dunleavy said. Read more

4fourCalifornia Lawmaker Introduces Resilient Homes Initiative (Insurance Journal) A Bill that would enable the California Earthquake Authority to expand mitigation programs is making its way through the CA State Legislature. State Sen. Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys,  released the details of the Resilient Homes Initiative, an effort he announced earlier this year, on the 25th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake. The Resilient Homes Initiative, Senate Bill 254, would make the necessary changes to the CEA’s financial structure to expand mitigation programs. Read more

5fiveRaising Quake-Resistant Structures (The Hindu) Akira Wada (M.EERI,1994), Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology, is a world-renowned expert in structural engineering with specific focus on seismic structural design. He spoke to Property Plus on the latest researches and designs for buildings in regions prone to seismic activity. Read more

6sixCalifornia’s Current Earthquake Hiatus is an Unlikely Pause (Seismological Research Letters) U.S. Geological Survey researchers Glenn Biasi (M.EERI,2015) and Kate Scharer analyzed long paleoseismic records from the San Andreas, San Jacinto and Hayward Faults for the past 1000 years, to determine how likely it might be to have a 100-year gap in earthquakes across the three faults. They found that the gap was very unlikely—along the lines of a 0.3% chance of occurring, given the seismic record of the past 1000 years. The results emphasize...Read more

7sevenImaging an Earthquake Rupture in High Definition (EOS)  New field measurements using terrestrial laser scanning provide a detailed, centimeter-scale image of surface deformation patterns caused by the Magnitude 6.6 earthquake in Norcia, Italy. Wedmore et al. [2019] analyze the first known example of an earthquake rupture captured using pre- and post- images of the ground surface, using a technique called terrestrial laser scanning. Read more


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