Archives for May 2013

EURODYN 2014: IX International Conference on Structural Dynamics

Paper Abstract Deadline: June 30, 2013

Location: Porto, Portugal

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2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake and Tsunami Featured in Earthquake Spectra Special Issue


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Earthquake Spectra Special Issue, March 2013

Earthquake Spectra Special Issue, March 2013

OAKLAND, CA, May 13, 2013 — The Tohoku-oki Earthquake and Tsunami, March 11, 2011, devastated the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan. Since Japan’s sophisticated infrastructure is built to some of the highest engineering standards for earthquakes and tsunamis in the world, studying the damage provides significant lessons learned for other countries with similar high seismic risk.

“The Tohoku-oki earthquake and tsunami is re-educating the population across Japan about risk. . . . And while they had a Plan A to mitigate structural hazards and a Plan B to educate the population and issue warnings, there was no Plan C, the ‘what if’ plan: What if a disaster occurs that exceeds the strength of their structures and contingencies for response? Hurricane Katrina was such an event for the United States,” says Richard Eisner, guest co-editor of Earthquake Spectra.

In this special issue of Earthquake Spectra, researchers examine the seismology and geotechnical aspects; tsunami damage; shaking damage to buildings; performance of bridges; and societal impacts, response, and recovery of the 2011 Tohoku-oki Earthquake in Japan. This special issue of Earthquake Spectra was co-edited by James Mori, DPRI, Kyoto University, and Richard Eisner.
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Preliminary Report on Observations from Pakistan of the M 7.7 Earthquake in Kahsh, Iran.

The Department of Earthquake Engineering of the NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, Pakistan has just released a preliminary report on the observation of the April 16th , 2013 Kahsh, Iran earthquake. This report summarizes the initial observations of the damages to several buildings in Mashkel, Pakistan.

For the report, please click here.

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