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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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, 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.