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EERI Response to Chile Earthquake

EERI Earthquake Clearinghouse Data Map for 2015 Illapel, Chile Earthquake

EERI Earthquake Clearinghouse Data Map for 2015 Illapel, Chile Earthquake

As part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program (LFE), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is responding to the M8.3 earthquake that struck 46 km west of Illapel, Chile on September 16, 2015. According to initial reports from EERI members in the country, the earthquake shaking and subsequent tsunami alert led to the safe evacuation of more than one million people along the coastline.

On Monday, September 21, EERI’s LFE Executive Committee met to discuss and plan a response to the Chile earthquake. Based on information available, the committee decided on the following actions:

  1. Launch a virtual clearinghouse website to document earthquake impacts and easily share observations with EERI members and other colleagues. The clearinghouse site is now live at
  2. Solicit volunteers (especially students and young professionals in Chile) to participate as clearinghouse curators. These curators will collect information from media sources and expert field teams on particular topic areas or preliminary research areas, then synthesize the results into curated summaries. These summaries can help not only in reporting on topics areas, but may be helpful in identifying new areas of potential research. For this earthquake, clearinghouse curators are expected to create 1–3 posts on their selected topic within approximately one month of the event, depending on the amount of information available and relevant insights to share with the EERI membership. More information is shown at
  3. Coordinate and collaborate with Chilean colleagues for observations from the field, and encourage them to submit reports and data. To support submission of field photos and observations, EERI has launched a custom data map similar to the one used after the 2015 Nepal earthquake. EERI’s reconnaissance tools offer a seamless way for colleagues to submit geolocated photos to the map either from the field or upon their return. The map currently shows several public data layers to inform field team response.
  4. Coordinate with any other international reconnaissance teams headed to the region for observations from the field, and encourage them to submit reports and data.
  5. Encourage colleagues conducting reconnaissance to collaboratively prepare a brief article or report for dissemination in The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering that summarizes their activities and findings.

Other actions may be considered depending on the outcomes of these initial activities.

All members are encouraged to visit the virtual clearinghouse website in the coming weeks to learn more about the earthquake impacts. The How to Contribute page also outlines various ways that members can contribute to the effort.

If you have contacts in Chile, information to share about the earthquake, or knowledge of reconnaissance teams responding, please contact Heidi Tremayne, EERI Program Manager, at

Illapel, Chile

September 16, 2015, M 8.3 Earthquake

For the latest information about this earthquake, visit EERI’s Virtual Clearinghouse Website.

Earthquake Data


EERI Reports

Media Reports


Chile Struck by M8.3 Earthquake on September 16, 2015

usgs_exposure1On September 16, 2015, an M8.3 earthquake struck 54 kilometers west of Illapel, Chile, at 7:54 p.m. A tsunami alert has been issued by Chile’s national emergency agency.

Visit the USGS website for more information.

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 and is considering an EERI response. More information about EERI’s plans will be posted soon, so please check back frequently.

Chile is prone to earthquakes. Recent large events include the Iquique earthquake and tsunami in 2014, and the Maule earthquake in 2010.

ATC/USGS Seismic Hazard User-Needs Workshop

Location: Menlo Park, California


2015 EERI Technical Seminar Series


EERI Annual Student Paper Competition: Call for Submissions

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is pleased to announce its Annual Student Paper Competition. The purpose of the competition is to promote active involvement of students in earthquake engineering and the earthquake hazards research community.

2015 EERI Student Paper CompetitionThe EERI Student Paper Competition is open to graduate and undergraduate applicants. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university and must be U.S. residents. Contest rules for graduate and undergraduate paper categories are available on the competition flyer (PDF) at external link icon.

Guidelines for preparing the manuscript are accessible on the EERI website at external link icon. All papers must be submitted by November 1, 2015, to the Student Paper Online Submission Form.

The graduate and undergraduate paper winners will be invited to the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, April 5–8, 2016, and will receive travel support for this purpose. The top paper in the graduate category may be invited to be presented at the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting.