Taiwan Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar Now Available

taiwan-webinarOn April 19, 2016, EERI hosted a special webinar reconnaissance briefing on the Meinong, Taiwan earthquake of February 6, 2016. Researchers from multiple teams who traveled to the impacted region collaborated to share observations and provide key insights into the various aspects of shaking characteristics, earthquake damage, response, and performance of pre-event mitigation measures. A recording of the webinar is now available:

Watch the Taiwan Earthquake Briefing Webinar

Topics and speakers included: Geology and Seismology (Kevin Clahan, Lettis Consultants International); Ground Response (Joseph Sun, PG&E); Liquefaction Impacts and Other Geotechnical Effects on Buildings and Infrastructure (Tara Hutchinson, Professor, UC San Diego); Building Response (Jiun-Wei Lai, Degenkolb Engineers); and Infrastructure Response in a Resiliency Context (Kevin S. Moore, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger).

EERI thanks the speakers and the teams from Degenkolb, the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, and Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger for their participation and cooperation in creating this special briefing, and to all other teams who collaborated with EERI and shared their findings with the seismic safety community.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available to webinar attendees and an email with instructions on reporting PDH certification has been sent to all registered participants. For questions or more information on PDH credit for this webinar, please contact Shizza Fatima (shizza@eeri.org).

More reconnaissance reports, maps, geotagged data and photos, and other information on the earthquake can be found on EERI’s Southern Taiwan Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse website.

EERI Has One Post-Graduation Internship Position Open – Apply by May 20, 2016

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has one internship position available for a recent college graduate interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission to reduce earthquake risk. This position can begin as early as June 2016. Applications should be submitted by May 20, 2016.

The approximately six-month internship offers engagement in a number of interesting EERI projects and the intern would focus primarily on the EERI’s Earthquake Scenario, Learning from Earthquakes, World Housing Encyclopedia, and Confined Masonry Network projects.

Tasks are varied, although day-to-day work focuses on supporting EERI projects and staff through research, project coordination, and website development and maintenance.

Internship candidates should have:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, science, architecture or related field.
  • Familiarity with issues in earthquake risk reduction
  • Proficiency in Excel and Word
  • Basic GIS skills and knowledge of GIS software (ArcMap, ArcGIS Online)
  • Ability to take initiative and independently solve problems
  • Curiosity, strong interpersonal skills, and a flexible attitude towards work

Other desired qualities include:

  • Skills with graphic design programs such as Adobe InDesign or Illustrator
  • Basic HTML skills and some knowledge of website development and maintenance (WordPress and Joomla), or willingness to learn

The intern will need to work in the EERI office, which means living in the San Francisco Bay Area. (No moving or housing support provided). EERI interns are provided a monthly stipend of $2,200.

EERI Post-Graduation internships are a great way to gain valuable professional experience, to be involved in meaningful projects related to seismic safety and risk reduction, and to make connections with EERI’s multi-disciplinary professional community. The EERI office is conveniently located in downtown Oakland, close to BART and the freeway.

You can learn more about the EERI Internship program at https://www.eeri.org/about-eeri/post-graduate-internship-program/

Interested applicants should upload a resume, a one-page cover letter highlighting their qualifications and interest in the EERI internship program, and the names of two references to the secure website here: https://www.eeri.org/cohost/registration/internship-application. Preference is given to EERI members. Applications should be submitted by May 20, 2016. New internship positions become available every four to six months.

Apply for 2016-2017 EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellowships in Earthquake Hazard Reduction

EERI is pleased to announce the availability of two Graduate Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year to support two full-time students in a discipline contributing to the science and practice of earthquake hazard mitigation.

FEMA (logo)The one-year fellowships, underwritten with funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency external link icon, are designed to foster the participation of capable individuals in working toward goals and activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.

Award
The EERI/FEMA NEHRP fellowship provides a stipend of $12,000 that can be used for tuition, fees, research expenses, and the required attendance and participation at the 2017 EERI Annual Meeting, March 7-10, 2017, in Portland, Oregon.

Criteria
Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university and must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. All applications must include an academic transcript and a statement of educational and career goals.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to EERI, including a letter of nomination from a faculty sponsor at the student’s institution and two additional reference letters. Letters should evaluate the applicant’s recent academic performance, document the applicant’s research accomplishments, and assess the candidate’s potential to contribute to the field.

Application
Candidates may apply online at https://eeri.org/cohost/registration/fema-grad-fellowship. Deadline for submission of all application materials is June 10, 2016. Announcement of the award will be made on July 15, 2016.

EERI Response to M7.8 Earthquake in Ecuador on April 16, 2016

On Saturday, April 16, a M7.8 earthquake struck offshore of the west coast of northern Ecuador (11:58pm local time on Saturday, April 16). The EERI community extends its sympathy to the victims as rescue and relief work continues.

EERI is currently monitoring the situation from media reports and notes from colleagues in the impacted region as part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program.

EERI has launched a virtual earthquake clearinghouse website to archive earthquake data and post observations from this event. Information will be posted as it becomes available, so please check back frequently. For current and timely information about the earthquake, please also see the USGS event page, and the PAGER report.

Any members with information about earthquake impacts or who plan to conduct reconnaissance should contact EERI’s interim LFE program manager, Marjorie Greene at mgreene@eeri.org

EERI Response to M7.0 Earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan on April 15, 2016

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On Friday, April 15, a M7.0 earthquake struck north of Kumamoto, on the island of Kyushu in southwest Japan (1:25am local time on Saturday, April 16). The EERI community extends its sympathy to the victims as rescue and relief work continues.

EERI is currently monitoring the situation from media reports and notes from colleagues in the impacted region as part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program.

EERI has launched a Kumamoto Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse website to archive earthquake data and post observations from this event.  Information will be posted as it becomes available, so please check back frequently. For current and timely information about the earthquake, please also see the USGS event page, and the PAGER report.

Any members with information about earthquake impacts or who plan to conduct reconnaissance should contact EERI’s interim LFE program manager, Marjorie Greene at mgreene@eeri.org

This earthquake follows a M6.2 earthquake on Thursday April, 14 (9:26pm local time) with damage described on the USGS site.

 

EERI Taiwan Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar April 19

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EERI will host the Taiwan Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar as a part of its Learning from Earthquakes program on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 11:30 am – 1:15 pm Pacific Time.

During this free event, reconnaissance teams that traveled to Taiwan to study the February 6, 2016, earthquake will present their observations. Briefing content will be a collaboration from more than five teams that traveled to the impacted region, and will provide key insights into the various aspects of shaking characteristics, earthquake damage, response, and performance of pre-event mitigation measures.

The topics to be discussed include:

Geology & Seismology
by Kevin Clahan, Lettis Consultants International (representing GEER Team)

Ground Response
by Joseph Sun, PG&E (representing GEER Team)

Liquefaction Impacts and Other Geotechnical Effects on Buildings and Infrastructure
by Tara Hutchinson, Professor, UC San Diego (representing GEER Team)

Building Response
by Daniel Zepeda, Principal, Degenkolb Engineers (representing Degenkolb Team)

Community Response: Infrastructure Damage, Tainan Resilience
by Kevin S. Moore, Principal, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger (representing SGH Team)

More information on EERI’s response to the Taiwan earthquake can be found on the Southern Taiwan Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse website.


WEBINAR REGISTRATION

Please register for the webinar using the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/444084323853653763

After registration, you will be sent a confirmation email with more information on how to join the webinar.

If you have any questions, please email EERI intern Shizza Fatima at shizza@eeri.org

Taiwan Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse Launched

King's Town Bank building, Hsinhua. Photo by Yi-Hsuan Tu In response to the M6.4 earthquake in Southern Taiwan on Saturday, February 6, 2016 (local time), EERI’s Learning From Earthquakes (LFE) program has launched a virtual clearinghouse site for the event, with preliminary reports, field photos, and a variety of other resources: http://www.eqclearinghouse.org/2016-02-taiwan/

No EERI-led reconnaissance trip is being planned at this time, but EERI is collaborating with international and U.S. groups and individuals planning field reconnaissance investigations to facilitate sharing of pre-departure information and archiving of reconnaissance field data through the virtual clearinghouse. To support the earthquake engineering and earthquake risk reduction community, EERI is building off recent successful activities after the 2014 South Napa and 2015 Nepal earthquakes to offer the following to researchers and practitioners studying the 2016 Taiwan earthquake:

  1. Use of the virtual clearinghouse website and online data archive map to serve as a permanent archive and repository for field data from the event. The archive will give full credit and attribution for each piece of data (i.e. photo, report, etc.) to the contributor, and overlay data from all sources in single location. These mapped data layers will be publicly shared and will allow others to overlay them on their own GIS maps. The virtual clearinghouse site will become the archive for report data, photo gallery, and other resources as well. (View an example of a similar data map and virtual clearinghouse created for the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.) For the Taiwan earthquake, we ask colleagues conducting field reconnaissance to share their data (especially geolocated photos) in this archive.
  2. Hosted team coordination calls prior to field visits.
  3. Pre-travel synthesis of information on various damaged buildings by EERI Young Members Committee volunteers in support of traveling field teams prior to their departure.
  4. Connection of field team members to EERI colleagues in Taiwan, as requested or needed.
  5. Assistance with the post-processing and upload of field data (especially photos) for colleagues who have visited the impacted region and have field data to share into the data repository/archive. EERI is soliciting volunteers to help field team members post information to the data map and archive. This volunteer-pairing process was successfully done to support members of EERI’s Nepal field team.

Any EERI members and colleagues who plan to head to Taiwan for reconnaissance should check in with LFE Program Manager Heidi Tremayne (heidi@eeri.org) to share their plans and learn more about collaboration and support opportunities.

EERI Response to M6.4 Earthquake in Taiwan on February 6, 2016

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Tainan, Taiwan. Reuters photo

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, a M6.4 earthquake struck southern Taiwan. The EERI community extends its sympathy to the victims as rescue and relief work continues.

EERI is currently monitoring the situation from media reports and notes from colleagues in the impacted region as part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program.

For current and timely information about the earthquake, including links to the USGS event page, World Housing reports, media reports, and information from colleagues in the region, EERI has created an EERI event page in the LFE archive. This page will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

Any members with information about earthquake impacts or response should contact Heidi Tremayne, EERI Program Manager.

 

Learning from Earthquakes Program: 2015 in Review

EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes program had a year of significant activity, innovation, and planning.

Investigating the April 25 Gorkha Earthquake

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In early June 2015, EERI sent a 13-member international Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) team to Nepal to conduct reconnaissance following the Mw7.8 Gorkha earthquake on April 25. Working in partnership with Nepal’s National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), and coordinating with nearly 30 other reconnaissance efforts, EERI’s multidisciplinary team examined ten topic areas from seismology and ground motion to building performance and community resilience. Briefing videos from team members may be found at the virtual clearinghouse website for the earthquake: http://www.eqclearinghouse.org/2015-04-25-nepal/ The LFE team report will be published in early 2016 and EERI is currently seeking financial support for a special issue of Earthquake Spectra on the Nepal earthquake. Follow up investigations will also take place in 2016 by the Houser Fellows and a resilience reconnaissance team.

Activity from Afghanistan, Chile, and Napa quakes

EERI coordinated with members in regions impacted by the M7.5 Northeastern Afghanistan Earthquake on October 26, 2015 (https://www.eeri.org/2015/10/afghanistan-earthquake/), and the M8.3 Illapel Chile Earthquake on September 16, 2015 (http://www.eqclearinghouse.org/2015-09-16-chile/). Members from the impacted regions of both earthquakes have submitted reports and observations. Additional member-submitted reports are expected in early 2016 and will be available in the LFE Earthquake Archive (https://www.eeri.org/lfe).

Collapsed barrel stacks leaning on interior column after Napa earthquake

With funding from FEMA, EERI staff members are post-processing and improving an archival data set from the 2014 South Napa Earthquake. ATC/FEMA Building and Nonstructural Components Performance data, Caltrans Bridge Assessment data, and SEAOC Earthquake Performance Evaluation Program data will be included in the final data set to be launched in March 2016, at the virtual clearinghouse website: http://www.eqclearinghouse.org/2014-08-24-south-napa/

Improving and Expanding LFE

In early 2015, EERI hosted two Reconnaissance Training Workshops aimed at better preparing members to conduct reconnaissance and contribute their data after an earthquake in their area. The first workshop was hosted by the UCLA student chapter in January and the second workshop was hosted by the EERI Student Leadership Council during the 2015 Annual Meeting in Boston. Over 100 students and professionals participated in the workshops. Presentations from the workshops can be found at https://www.eeri.org/projects/learning-from-earthquakes-lfe/reconnaissance-training-workshops/

Recent earthquakes led to the refinement and improvement of LFE Operations and Procedures. New volunteer positions of Clearinghouse Curators, Virtual Team Collaborators, and LFE Operational Specialists have been established to actively involve early career members in LFE reconnaissance activities. To make topical curation posts after earthquakes even more informative and timely, LFE has been working with EERI’s Younger Members Committee (YMC) to develop procedures that will allow YMC members to serve regular terms as curators ready to act quickly and glean valuable ephemeral information. More about these roles and procedures can be found at the LFE website: https://www.eeri.org/projects/learning-from-earthquakes-lfe/

A 12-person LFE subcommittee is in the early stages of developing a new program to involve experiential field-based learning in regions of past major earthquakes. This program will launch it’s first pilot study trip in 2017.

Identified LFE priorities activities for 2016 include the following:

1. Dramatically improving LFE websites and reconnaissance tools with financial support from EERI’s Initiatives and Development Committee. These improvements will make the website more user-friendly and informational while also better integrating reconnaissance data and virtual clearinghouses.

2. Securing baseline funding for LFE operations.

3. Identification of best practices in incorporating resilience reconnaissance over time into LFE procedures.

4. Responding to major earthquakes per the recently updated operations procedures.

The LFE Committee is chaired by Ken Elwood (M. EERI, 1994) until April 26, 2016, when Charlie Huyck (M. EERI, 2002) moves from Vice-Chair to the Chair role. Heidi Tremayne is the EERI staff lead for LFE, with support from Maggie Ortiz-Millan who manages LFE’s reconnaissance data collection and visualization activities.

Thomas O’Rourke to be Awarded Housner Medal at EERI Annual Meeting

Thomas D. O'Rourke

Thomas D. O’Rourke

Thomas D. O’Rourke (M. EERI, 1980), the Thomas R. Briggs Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, will be presented with the George W. Housner Medal at the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting. The Housner Medal is awarded to recognize Institute members and others who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to public earthquake safety through the development and application of earthquake hazard reduction practices and policies.

O’Rourke’s research has had a critical impact on lifeline earthquake engineering across the globe and has improved understanding of the response of geographically distributed systems—such as water supply and electric power networks—to earthquakes and other natural hazards. Involved in earthquake engineering for over 30 years, O’Rourke has been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award, the Japan Gas Association Best Paper Award, and the LeVal Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Risk Reduction.

Dr. O’Rourke has held numerous service positions that have allowed him to greatly impact the field of earthquake risk reduction. In 1998, he was elected to the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Board of Directors and served as President from 2003–2004. He testified before the United States House of Representatives Science Committee on engineering implications of the 1999 Turkey and Taiwan earthquakes, and in both 2003, and 2009, on the reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). He is currently using his expertise to help with the recovery planning for Christchurch, New Zealand, an area significantly impacted by the effects of the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence on its underground pipeline network.

Over his career, he has authored or co-authored over 360 publications on geotechnical, underground, earthquake engineering, and the impact of extreme events on civil infrastructure. His most notable awards, among many, are his election to the US National Academy of Engineering in 1993, his election as an International Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014, his selection as the 2008 Rankine Lecturer, and his selection as the 2016 Karl Terzaghi Lecturer. He is a Distinguished Member of ASCE and an Honorary Member of EERI.

Dr. O’Rourke will received the George W. Housner Medal, EERI’s most prestigious honor, during the 68th EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, April 5–8, 2016. Registration and full program details are now available on the 2016 Annual Meeting website.