EERI Response to M6.2 Earthquake in Italy on August 24, 2016

norcia-italy-2016On Wednesday, August 24, an M6.2 earthquake struck 10 km southeast of Norcia, Italy (1:36 a.m. local time). 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 LFE coordinator Shizza Fatima at shizza@eeri.org

Ecuador Briefing Webinar Video Now Available!

A recording for the Ecuador Briefing Webinar is now available!

In this video, members of the EERI reconnaissance team that traveled to Ecuador to study the April 16, 2016 earthquake present their observations. In addition, the co-leader of the GEER-ATC team offered an overview of geotechnical impacts. Briefing content provides key insights into the various aspects of shaking characteristics, earthquake damage to housing and hospitals and initial response, in particular tagging issues. An overview of damage in Portoviejo and Manta is also included.

The presentations include:

Introduction and Overview of the Earthquake
by Forrest Lanning (M. EERI, 2009) | Download Presentation PDF File
Geotechnical Observations from the GEER-ATC Team
by Sissy Nikolaou (M. EERI, 2004) | Download Presentation PDF File | 3D Models (download file and view in your device’s pdf reader)
Damage Observed in the Ground Zero Zone of Portoviejo
by Ana (Gabby) Haro (M. EERI, 2014) | Download Presentation PDF File
Damage Observed in Manta
by Mei Kuen Liu (M. EERI, 2016) | Download Presentation PDF File
Performance of Hospitals
by Adrian Tola (M. EERI, 2015) | Download Presentation PDF File
Performance of Partitions and Cladding of Multistory Buildings
by Héctor Monzón Despang (M. EERI, 1988) | Download Presentation PDF File
Building Tagging
by Arturo Schultz (M. EERI, 1986) | Download Presentation PDF File

PDH credits are available to attendees for a USD 30 fee. A registration link for them has been sent out in an email to all attendees. If you have any questions, please contact Shizza Fatima at shizza@eeri.org

For more information, visit the Ecuador Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse Website.

Call for Abstracts: Special Earthquake Spectra Issue on Gorkha Earthquake

EERI is developing a special issue of Earthquake Spectra on the April 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal, to be published in 2017. It will be interdisciplinary in content, with a cohesive narrative thread tying the entire publication together. The editorial team (Bret Lizundia, Rachel Davidson, Youssef Hashash, and Rob Olshansky) is seeking potential authors.
Call for Abstracts Announcement Flyer (PDF)

Possible topics are listed below, with asterisked items being of particular interest. If you have expertise and interest, please submit a one-paragraph abstract, as well as the names of authors and their contact info, to Juliane Lane at juliane@eeri.org by August 8, 2016. Initial drafts of papers will be due in the fall. When appropriate, the editorial team will seek to identify possible collaborations that could improve the contributions.

Seismology

  • Tectonic setting
  • Regional seismicity and historic earthquakes
  • Foreshocks, main shock, and aftershocks

Ground Motion

  • *Analysis of recorded motions, including large long-period response in selected records
  • *Basin, topographic, and directivity effects
  • Damage near strong motion stations
  • Seismic zonation and hazard mapping revisions

Geotechnical Issues

  • *Slope stability and landslides
  • *Safe distances for communities threatened by landslides
  • Liquefaction
  • Foundation and retaining wall performance

Lifelines

  • *Electricity, dams, and hydropower
  • Water supply and sewerage
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Interdisciplinary effects

Building Performance

  • *Building codes and building practice
  • *School retrofit performance
  • *The impact of slope on building damage
  • Performance of reinforced concrete frame buildings with masonry infill
  • Performance of URM bearing wall buildings
  • Hospital performance
  • Remote sensing studies
  • Case studies of specific buildings
Nonstructural Hazards

Cultural Heritage

  • *Case studies in performance of heritage structures
  • *Case studies in rebuilding/retrofitting of heritage structures

Emergency Response

  • *Post-earthquake safety evaluation
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Demolitions, barricades, and shoring
  • Evaluation of the relief aid process

Social, Cultural, and Psychological Impacts

  • *Mental health issues
  • *Caste issues

Economic Impacts

  • *Non-government involvement in earthquake preparedness, response, and recovery
  • *The importance of remittances to the Nepal economy and how it changed following the earthquake

Recovery, Rebuilding, and Resilience

  • *Case studies of different communities
  • *Recent political history in Nepal before and after the earthquakes, including passage of a constitution and its interrelationship with the earthquake

Other Topics Not Listed


Support for this special issue of Earthquake Spectra is generously provided by FM Global, U.S. Geological Survey, World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, members of the EERI Board of Directors, Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT), and EQ STRUC.

Call for Abstracts Announcement Flyer (PDF)

EERI School Earthquake Safety Initiative Webinar Recording Now Available!

EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative Webinar Recording is now available!

In this event, EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) committee highlighted its activities in school seismic safety screening in Alaska and Washington schools. Briefing content included the various aspects of safety screening of school buildings, FEMA’s Rapid Visual Screening methodology and its implementation to do large scale school seismic evaluations, as well as advocacy for safe school buildings throughout the United States.
Topics discussed include:

Thurston County School Seismic Safety Evaluations
by Cale Ash (M. EERI, 2002), Principal, Degenkolb Engineers.

Partnering to Perform Rapid Visual Screenings of Alaska’s Schools
by Laura Kelly, Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission.

Download PDF Version of the presentation

More information at eeri.org/schools

Give to the EERI Endowment Fund Today

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Ecuador Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar on July 15

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EERI will host an Ecuador Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar as a part of its Learning from Earthquakes program, on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

Register Now:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8359371777335576578

During this free event, members of the EERI reconnaissance team that traveled to Ecuador to study the April 16, 2016 earthquake will present their observations. In addition, the co-leader of the GEER-ATC team will offer an overview of geotechnical impacts. Briefing content will provide key insights into the various aspects of shaking characteristics, earthquake damage to housing and hospitals and initial response, in particular tagging issues. An overview of damage in Portoviejo and Manta will be included.

The presentations will include:

Introduction and Overview of the Earthquake
by Forrest Lanning (M. EERI, 2009)

Geotechnical Observations from the GEER-ATC Team
by Sissy Nikolaou (M. EERI, 2004)

Damage Observed in the Ground Zero Zone of Portoviejo
by Ana (Gabby) Haro (M. EERI, 2014)

Damage Observed in Manta
by Mei Kuen Liu (M. EERI, 2016)

Performance of Hospitals
by Adrian Tola (M. EERI, 2015)

Performance of Partitions and Cladding of Multistory Buildings
by Héctor Monzón Despang (M. EERI, 1988)

Building Tagging
by Arturo Schultz (M. EERI, 1986)

Question and Answer Time

Webinar Registration
Please register for the webinar using the following link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8359371777335576578

After registering, you will be sent a confirmation email with more information on how to join the webinar. There is no cost to attend. Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be available from EERI after the webinar for $30.

Questions? Please email EERI intern Shizza Fatima at shizza@eeri.org

Apply Now: LFE Travel Study Program to Chile

Seeking Students and Young Professionals Interested in Learning from Earthquakes.

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EERI is teaming up with Centro Nacional de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Desastres Naturales (CIGIDEN) 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 Engineering in Chile in January 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.

Participants will engage in Learning From Earthquakes activities in a location that has experienced significant earthquake damage and recovery in the recent past. Interact with members of various disciplines and different countries and be exposed to a wide range of earthquake engineering, earthquake response, and recovery topics related to both research and practice. 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 Elements

January 9-January 13, 2017: 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering
(registration for 16WCEE is not included in program registration fee)

January 14, 2017: Chile and its Hazards
January 15, 2017: Tsunamis – Field trip to Valaparaiso
January 16, 2017: Mitigation Measures
January 17, 2017: Field trip to Santa Cruz
January 18, 2017: Field trip to Constitucion
January 19, 2017: Return home or day off in Santiago

Program registration fee is $1,000 USD, which includes double-occupancy hotel accommodations, in-country travel, five lunches, three dinners, and presentations by an international group of speakers. Some scholarships are available.

Application form to participate is at http://goo.gl/forms/twJFd8b8VnEPQ6iv1

Deadline to apply is August 1, 2016

Questions? Contact Kelsey Wittels at kelsey@eeri.org

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EERI School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) Webinar on July 12

EERI will be hosting a free School Earthquake Safety Initiative Webinar on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 1:30-3:00 PM PDT.

In this event, EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) committee will highlight its activities in school seismic safety screening in Alaska and Washington schools. Briefing content will include the various aspects of safety screening of school buildings, FEMA’s Rapid Visual Screening methodology and its implementation to do large scale school seismic evaluations, as well as advocacy for safe school buildings throughout the United States.

Topics discussed will include:

Thurston County School Seismic Safety Evaluations
by Cale Ash (M. EERI, 2002), Principal, Degenkolb Engineers.

Partnering to Perform Rapid Visual Screenings of Alaska’s Schools
by Laura Kelly, Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission.

Webinar Registration
Please register for the webinar using the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9051936559283453444

After registering, you will be sent a confirmation email with more information on how to join the webinar. There is no cost to attend. Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be available from EERI after the webinar for $30.

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

Nepal Earthquake Reconnaissance Team Report is now available

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A new special report, EERI Earthquake Reconnaissance Team Report: M7.8 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake on April 25, 2015 and its Aftershocks, is now available for download at the Nepal Earthquake virtual clearinghouse website:

Download EERI Earthquake Reconnaissance Team Report: M7.8 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake on April 25, 2015 and its Aftershocks (18 MB PDF)

The 185-page report describes the findings of a multidisciplinary reconnaissance team sent by EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes program from May 31-June 7, 2015. The thirteen-member international team studied preparedness steps Nepal had taken prior to the event, the extent of damage caused by the earthquake series, and the unfolding process of recovery. Working in partnership with Nepal’s National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), team members coordinated with nearly thirty other reconnaissance efforts.

The report’s chapter topics include seismology and geotechnical issues; damage to lifelines, buildings, and Nepal’s cultural monuments; building code issues; emergency response and post-earthquake safety evaluations; seismic retrofitting; social, psychological, and cultural factors; and EERI’s new initiatives to document information with remote curators and reconnaissance team collaborators.

Bret Lizundia (M. EERI, 1992), co-leader of the EERI team, said that the report “is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, detailed look at the story of the earthquakes and what we can learn about what works and what needs improvements. There are lessons not just for Nepal and the surrounding region, but also for all countries faced with earthquake threats.”

The Nepal Earthquake virtual clearinghouse website features additional collected information, photos, a data map, and an extensive set of video briefings by reconnaissance team members: http://www.eqclearinghouse.org/2015-04-25-nepal/

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