Archives for March 2014

M5.1 Earthquake in La Habra, California

The California Clearinghouse has activated a low-level virtual clearinghouse in response to the M5.1 earthquake that occurred at 9:09 p.m., Friday night in La Habra, southern California.

Based on initial reports of damage, EERI is not sending a team to the affected area at this time. EERI members in the affected area are encouraged to share their observations or experiences with the Clearinghouse through SpotOnResponse (the Clearinghouse’s mobile data collection tool) or in the Clearinghouse forums. Members can also share information through social media, EERI is on Facebook ( and twitter (

The Clearinghouse is monitoring the situation in southern California, and in the event of a larger earthquake, the activation level will be reassessed. For the most up-to-date information, instructions for using SpotOnResponse, and links to the discussion forums, visit the California Clearinghouse website here:

Questions or concerns about the California Clearinghouse may be sent to

La Habra, California

March 29, 2014, M 8.2 Earthquake



Expert Elicitation Participants’ Response

EERI Utah Chapter Short Course: Evaluation and Mitigation of Liquefaction Hazard for Engineering Practice

Location: West Valley City, Utah, USA


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DFI Seminar: Practical Deep Foundation Design and Construction for Seismic and Lateral Loads

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA


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Register for 10NCEE: 2014 EERI Annual Meeting Activities, Sponsors, and Exhibitors

Register now for the Tenth U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE) in Anchorage, Alaska, July 21–25, 2014. Information about Travel and Lodging, Pre-Conference Events, and Thursday Evening at the Alaska Native Heritage Center is available at The following is the latest information about Papers, the 2014 EERI Annual Meeting Activities, New Sponsors, and Exhibitors:

10NCEE websitePapers
Final revised papers will be due March 17, 2104. Final submission of the paper must be accompanied by payment of the full conference registration fee for the presenting author. For details, visit:

2014 EERI Annual Meeting Activities

EERI (logo)EERI’s 66th Annual Meeting is being held in conjunction with the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Annual Meeting events and awards are included as part of the 10NCEE program:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Tuesday Lunch will honor: the 2014 Housner Medalist Masayoshi Nakashima (M. EERI, 1988), Kyoto University; the 2014 Alquist Medalist Laurence Kornfield (M. EERI, 1999), City & County of San Francisco; and David Wald (M. EERI, 1988), U.S. Geological Survey, who will deliver the 2014 EERI Distinguished Lecture.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Wednesday Lunch will pay tribute to EERI Honorary Members William A. Anderson (M. EERI, 2001) and Bill Iwan (M. EERI, 1989), California Institute of Technology. The Lunch event will also include EERI’s Business Meeting where attendees will learn about the Institute’s programs, members, and accomplishments, as well as finances. EERI President Ian Buckle (M. EERI, 1989) and Secretary/Treasurer Janiele Maffei (M. EERI, 2011) will present on the State of the Institute.

Wednesday–Thursday, July 23–24, 2014
Wednesday and Thursday will feature EERI’s 2014 and 11th Annual Undergraduate Student Seismic Design Competition (SDC) at 10NCEE. Teams from thirty-eight universities pre-registered for the SDC, including international competitors from as far away as Vietnam, India, and Romania. Wednesday is presentation day when each team presents their model to a panel and is judged on the structural system concept, the analysis method, the clarity and organization of the presentation, and their communication skills. Thursday is dedicated to shake table testing of the complex tall building models made from balsa wood and weighing no more than 7 pounds. Learn more about the competition at

Friday, July 25, 2014
Friday’s Closing Plenary will honor the Outstanding Spectra Paper by EERI members Abbie B. Liel (M. EERI, 2009), University of Colorado, and Gregory G. Deierlein (M. EERI, 1989), Stanford University. We will also honor the 2014 Shah Prize Awardee Curt Haselton (M. EERI, 2014), California State University, Chico. The plenary will also recognize the Outstanding Student Papers by Virginia Tech graduate student Brett Maurer and Virginia Tech undergraduate student Mark Tilashalski. In addition, the EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) will announce the winners of the 2014 Seismic Design Competition and honor university teams for innovation, communication, and spirit.

More Information
For details about the 2014 Annual Meeting Activities at 10NCEE, visit the 10NCEE website at

New Sponsors

Lettis Consultants International, Inc.Lettis Consultants International, Inc. (Lettis) is a new Bronze Sponsor of 10NCEE. Lettis is an earth science company formed in 2011 by a group of the industry’s leading geologists, seismologists and engineers specializing in engineering geology, and seismic and natural hazard investigations. Lettis professionals bring the methods, technical expertise and focus on quality developed from decades of consulting experience to meet client objectives.

For more information, visit the Lettis website at external link icon.

R&M ConsultantsR&M Consultants (R&M) is a new Friend of 10NCEE. R&M is an established, employee-owned multi-discipline Alaskan professional services firm. Since 1969, R&M has participated in some of Alaska’s most significant and technically challenging infrastructure projects. R&M’s Materials Engineering Laboratory is a leading provider of materials testing services throughout Alaska. The firm serves a variety of clients in the public and private sectors.

For more information, visit the R&M Consultants website at external link icon.


The following companies and organizations will be exhibiting at 10NCEE in Anchorage:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (Major Financial Sponsor)
Computers and Structures, Inc. (Diamond Sponsor)
State of Alaska, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (Gold Sponsor)
Golder Associates (Silver Sponsor)
Hayward Baker, Inc. (Silver Sponsor)
Kinemetrics Open Systems and Services (Silver Sponsor)
MTS Systems Corporation (Silver Sponsor)
Shannon & Wilson, Inc. (Silver Sponsor)
Applied Technology Council (Bronze Sponsor)
GEI Consultants, Inc. (Bronze Sponsor)
Base Isolation of Alaska
City & County of San Francisco, ESIP
Core Brace, LLC
Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS)
Dynamic Isolation Systems (DIS)
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
ETC Building & Design, Inc.
Gilsanz Murray Steficek
ITT Enidine
Lettis Consultants International, Inc.
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)
R.J. Watson, Inc.
REF TEK, a division of Trimble
Skyline Steel
Taylor Devices, Inc.
University of Alaska, Anchorage
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

For the most up-to-date information about 10NCEE Exhibitors, visit the webpage at

David Boore Will Deliver the 2014 Joyner Lecture at SSA Annual Meeting

U.S. Geological Survey Research Geophysicist David Boore will deliver the 2014 William B. Joyner Lecture at the Seismological Society of America (SSA) Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, on May 1, 2014.

The William B. Joyner Lecture is awarded by the SSA, in cooperation with EERI, to those who have provided outstanding earth science contributions to the theory and practice of earthquake engineering or outstanding earthquake engineering contributions to the direction and focus of earth science research—together with demonstrated skills of communication at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering.

The lectures honor the distinguished career of William B. Joyner at the U.S. Geological Survey and his abiding commitment to continuing communication and education at the interface between research findings of earthquake science and the practical realities of earthquake engineering.

David Boore, USGSDavid Boore’s professional experience includes: USGS postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University visiting assistant professor and assistant professor, and USGS geophysicist. Boore has published over 230 papers, mostly dealing with various aspects of the problem of estimating the ground shaking from large earthquakes. The topics covered in these publications range from the seismic source to site response, with stops in between.

The U.S. Department of the Interior awarded Dr. Boore the Meritorious Service Award in 1993 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2005 in recognition of his research in many different areas of engineering seismology.  He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and an honorary life member of the Seismological Society of America.  In 2010, he was awarded the COSMOS/EERI/SSA Bruce A. Bolt medal.

For more information about the Joyner Lecture Award, visit:

Apply for 2014-2015 EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellowship in Earthquake Hazard Reduction

EERI is pleased to announce the availability of a Graduate Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year to support one full-time student in a discipline contributing to the science and practice of earthquake hazard mitigation.

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

The EERI/FEMA NEHRP fellowship provides a nine-month stipend of $12,000 with an additional $8,000 for tuition, fees, and research expenses.

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.

Candidates may apply online at Deadline for submission of all application materials is May 12, 2014. Announcement of the award will be made on June 16, 2014.

California Earthquake Clearinghouse Workshop for First Responder Agencies

The California Earthquake Clearinghouse and its partners are hosting a one-day workshop for local first responder agencies on April 17, 2014 in Oakland, CA. The workshop offers a hands-on technology interchange opportunity. The goal of the workshop is to introduce local (city/county) First Responder agencies to tools for sharing spatial incident response information using the technologies that have been demonstrated in our Clearinghouse exercises.

California Earthquake Clearinghouse (EERI)The morning will include introductions to and demonstrations of a suite of data collections and sharing tools, and the afternoon will provide attendees the opportunity to use the tools to view and share data-related relevant use cases, e.g., major earthquakes. The workshop will be followed by a networking reception. There is no cost to attend the meeting and the workshop will also be broadcast online for those unable to attend in person.

To register for the workshop, visit the event registration webpage.

Opportunity to Serve on EERI Oral History Committee

The EERI Oral History Committee is looking for one or two new members to help with the workload of the Connections series. Committee members take on tasks involving background research, interviewing, editing, and reviewing drafts, and prioritizing and managing the Committee’s plans.

Past issues of Connections: The EERI Oral History Series have featured:

Henry J. Degenkolb (1994)
John A. Blume (1994)
Michael V. Pregnoff and John E. Rinne (1996)
George W. Housner (1997)
William W. Moore (1998)
Robert E. Wallace (1999)
Nicholas F. Forell (2000)
Henry J. Brunnier and Charles De Maria (2001)
Egor P. Popov (2001)
Clarence R. Allen (2002)

Joseph Penzien (2004)
Robert Park and Thomas Paulay (2006)
Clarkson W. Pinkham (2006)
Joseph P. Nicoletti (2006)
LeRoy Crandall (2008)
Vitelmo V. Bertero (2009)
Robert V. Whitman (2009)
Eric Elsesser (2010)
William Anderson (2011)
Roy G. Johnston (2012)
Ugo Morelli (2013)

Henry J. Degenkolb's Oral HistoryCommittee Members
Members of the EERI Oral History Committee include: chair Robert Reitherman (M. EERI, 1979), CUREE; Thalia Anagnos (M. EERI, 1982), SJSU; EERI Honorary Member Roger Borcherdt  (M. EERI, 1973), USGS; Gregg Brandow (M. EERI, 1973), Brandow & Nastar; Ricardo Dobry (M. EERI, 1974), RPI; EERI Honorary Member Robert Hanson (M. EERI, 1968), Univ. of Michigan & FEMA; and EERI Honorary Member Loring Wyllie (M. EERI, 1973), Degenkolb Engineers.

Express Your Interest
Interested individuals should email the committee chair Bob Reitherman at and Maggie Ortiz (M. EERI, 2012) at with a brief statement of their interest and qualifications.