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Northeastern Afghanistan

October 26th, 2015, M 7.5 Earthquake


Comparison of 2005 Kashmir Earthquake and Oct 26, 2015 earthquake data from USGS ShakeMap archives, 2 degree graticule, magenta line is plate boundary. Created 28 Oct 2015 by Charles Scawthorn.

Comparison of 2005 Kashmir Earthquake and Oct 26, 2015 earthquake data from USGS ShakeMap archives, 2 degree graticule, magenta line is plate boundary. Created 28 Oct 2015 by Charles Scawthorn. (Click to enlarge)


EERI Response to M7.5 Earthquake in Hindu Kush mountain range near northern Afghanistan and Pakistan border

On Monday, October 26, 2015, a M7.5 earthquake struck northeastern Afghanistan near the border of Pakistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range. 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. Local colleagues may be able to produce a report to share information with the EERI membership in the coming weeks.

For current and timely information about the earthquake, including links to the USGS event page, World Housing reports, media reports, and information from colleagues in the region, EERI has created an EERI event page in the LFE archive. This page will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

Any members with information about earthquake impacts or response should contact Heidi Tremayne, EERI Program Manager.


Call for Volunteers in Washington for Thurston County School Seismic Assessment project

A message from Cale Ash inviting EERI members in the State of Washington to participate in a FEMA-EERI supported study to assess the seismic safety of school buildings in Thurston County, Washington:  

The Resilient Washington State initiative appropriately identified the seismic performance of public K-12 schools as a top priority. As summarized in the Call for Volunteers by John Schelling at WA Emergency Management Division, John has been working to identify ways to make this happen for our state and our students. Recently he was able to gain the support of FEMA and EERI to be able to support volunteer seismic evaluations of three school districts near Olympia. The intent is to illustrate a viable approach for achieving resilient schools that can be replicated statewide with adequate funding appropriated.

This project is similar to the Pilot School Project that SEAW supported in the past but we believe the current project is occurring at an opportune political time in districts adjacent to the State Capitol.

Degenkolb has been working with WA EMD, FEMA, and the local Thurston County school districts on the logistics of conducting site visits, collecting drawings, and reporting on the outcomes. However, we need the volunteer support of our structural and seismic engineering community! Both to assist with the seismic evaluations but also to illustrate that earthquake safety of students is a priority for us and our firms. This project has already received strong media interest so we are well on our way towards the latter!

As leaders of key SEAW Committees and the EERI Washington Chapter, we would like your help in securing volunteers by sharing this opportunity with your membership. We are looking for engineers of all experience levels as we will be forming teams to complete the ASCE 41 Tier 1 Evaluations and will take experience level into account when forming teams.

We will also reach out to St. Martin’s University, Seattle University, and University of Washington structural engineering students to offer them the opportunity to “shadow” some of the evaluation teams as a way to provide mentorship and encourage interest in seismic safety.

To help, please complete the registration form by Friday 10/23.  On the form you can enter your contact information, experience level and indicate available dates.

Note, members of the media interested in this activity, should not fill out the registration form, but instead contact me directly to find out more details about how to cover this assessment project.

Thank you for your consideration,

Cale Ash

Associate Principal

Washington S.E. 44835; California S.E. 5305

Degenkolb Engineers

600 University Street, Suite 720

Seattle, WA. 98101

p: 206.340.8102

Seeking Input and Ideas for a Potential Special Issue of Earthquake Spectra on the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake

EERI is considering the publication of a special issue of Earthquake Spectra on the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake, pending the acquisition of financial support to produce and publish the issue. After careful deliberation, the Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) Executive Committee and Earthquake Spectra Editorial Board have decided to develop this special earthquake issue in a new way. Instead of an open call for abstracts, an editorial team will be established to develop a comprehensive outline for the issue and then select authors for the chapters. The resulting chapters, with a lead and co-authors, will then undergo the traditional, rigorous blind peer review process, similar to all other Spectra submissions.

Earthquake Spectra special issues on earthquakes are seminal publications summarizing the most important findings and lessons from an event, and should have little or no information gaps or overlaps. With past special issues, there have been concerns that publication came too long after the event and that issues contained incomplete or uneven topical coverage due to the lengthy abstract submission process. This new procedure aims to address these deficiencies while retaining the archival journal stature of publication within Earthquake Spectra.

To avoid missing important topics, research efforts, implementation programs, or studies that can contribute to the thoroughness of the special issue, we are asking all EERI members and colleagues to share contacts and ideas for the issue with the editorial team via a community input form. The editorial team will carefully review your submissions, and follow up on leads or ideas that could influence or supplement the design of the issue. Authors need not be EERI members. EERI is planning a comprehensive special issue and is seeking the best ideas, topics, and authors possible.

Please share your input and ideas for the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake Special Issue by completing the community input form.

EERI is also seeking financial sponsorship to facilitate production, publishing, and distribution of the special issue. If sponsorship is not found by January 2016, the special issue will not be produced. Please contact Jay Berger ( to obtain an issue prospectus and discuss how you or your organization can contribute financially to the publication of this needed special issue of Earthquake Spectra.