Ecuador Briefing Webinar Video Now Available!

A recording for the Ecuador Briefing Webinar is now available!

In this video, members of the EERI reconnaissance team that traveled to Ecuador to study the April 16, 2016 earthquake present their observations. In addition, the co-leader of the GEER-ATC team offered an overview of geotechnical impacts. Briefing content provides key insights into the various aspects of shaking characteristics, earthquake damage to housing and hospitals and initial response, in particular tagging issues. An overview of damage in Portoviejo and Manta is also included.

The presentations include:

Introduction and Overview of the Earthquake
by Forrest Lanning (M. EERI, 2009) | Download Presentation PDF File
Geotechnical Observations from the GEER-ATC Team
by Sissy Nikolaou (M. EERI, 2004) | Download Presentation PDF File | 3D Models (download file and view in your device’s pdf reader)
Damage Observed in the Ground Zero Zone of Portoviejo
by Ana (Gabby) Haro (M. EERI, 2014) | Download Presentation PDF File
Damage Observed in Manta
by Mei Kuen Liu (M. EERI, 2016) | Download Presentation PDF File
Performance of Hospitals
by Adrian Tola (M. EERI, 2015) | Download Presentation PDF File
Performance of Partitions and Cladding of Multistory Buildings
by Héctor Monzón Despang (M. EERI, 1988) | Download Presentation PDF File
Building Tagging
by Arturo Schultz (M. EERI, 1986) | Download Presentation PDF File

PDH credits are available to attendees for a USD 30 fee. A registration link for them has been sent out in an email to all attendees. If you have any questions, please contact Shizza Fatima at shizza@eeri.org

For more information, visit the Ecuador Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse Website.

Call for Abstracts: Special Earthquake Spectra Issue on Gorkha Earthquake

EERI is developing a special issue of Earthquake Spectra on the April 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal, to be published in 2017. It will be interdisciplinary in content, with a cohesive narrative thread tying the entire publication together. The editorial team (Bret Lizundia, Rachel Davidson, Youssef Hashash, and Rob Olshansky) is seeking potential authors.
Call for Abstracts Announcement Flyer (PDF)

Possible topics are listed below, with asterisked items being of particular interest. If you have expertise and interest, please submit a one-paragraph abstract, as well as the names of authors and their contact info, to Juliane Lane at juliane@eeri.org by August 8, 2016. Initial drafts of papers will be due in the fall. When appropriate, the editorial team will seek to identify possible collaborations that could improve the contributions.

Seismology

  • Tectonic setting
  • Regional seismicity and historic earthquakes
  • Foreshocks, main shock, and aftershocks

Ground Motion

  • *Analysis of recorded motions, including large long-period response in selected records
  • *Basin, topographic, and directivity effects
  • Damage near strong motion stations
  • Seismic zonation and hazard mapping revisions

Geotechnical Issues

  • *Slope stability and landslides
  • *Safe distances for communities threatened by landslides
  • Liquefaction
  • Foundation and retaining wall performance

Lifelines

  • *Electricity, dams, and hydropower
  • Water supply and sewerage
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Interdisciplinary effects

Building Performance

  • *Building codes and building practice
  • *School retrofit performance
  • *The impact of slope on building damage
  • Performance of reinforced concrete frame buildings with masonry infill
  • Performance of URM bearing wall buildings
  • Hospital performance
  • Remote sensing studies
  • Case studies of specific buildings
Nonstructural Hazards

Cultural Heritage

  • *Case studies in performance of heritage structures
  • *Case studies in rebuilding/retrofitting of heritage structures

Emergency Response

  • *Post-earthquake safety evaluation
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Demolitions, barricades, and shoring
  • Evaluation of the relief aid process

Social, Cultural, and Psychological Impacts

  • *Mental health issues
  • *Caste issues

Economic Impacts

  • *Non-government involvement in earthquake preparedness, response, and recovery
  • *The importance of remittances to the Nepal economy and how it changed following the earthquake

Recovery, Rebuilding, and Resilience

  • *Case studies of different communities
  • *Recent political history in Nepal before and after the earthquakes, including passage of a constitution and its interrelationship with the earthquake

Other Topics Not Listed


Support for this special issue of Earthquake Spectra is generously provided by FM Global, U.S. Geological Survey, World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, members of the EERI Board of Directors, Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT), and EQ STRUC.

Call for Abstracts Announcement Flyer (PDF)

EERI School Earthquake Safety Initiative Webinar Recording Now Available!

EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative Webinar Recording is now available!

In this event, EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) committee highlighted its activities in school seismic safety screening in Alaska and Washington schools. Briefing content included the various aspects of safety screening of school buildings, FEMA’s Rapid Visual Screening methodology and its implementation to do large scale school seismic evaluations, as well as advocacy for safe school buildings throughout the United States.
Topics discussed include:

Thurston County School Seismic Safety Evaluations
by Cale Ash (M. EERI, 2002), Principal, Degenkolb Engineers.

Partnering to Perform Rapid Visual Screenings of Alaska’s Schools
by Laura Kelly, Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission.

Download PDF Version of the presentation

More information at eeri.org/schools

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Ecuador Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar on July 15

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EERI will host an Ecuador Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar as a part of its Learning from Earthquakes program, on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

Register Now:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8359371777335576578

During this free event, members of the EERI reconnaissance team that traveled to Ecuador to study the April 16, 2016 earthquake will present their observations. In addition, the co-leader of the GEER-ATC team will offer an overview of geotechnical impacts. Briefing content will provide key insights into the various aspects of shaking characteristics, earthquake damage to housing and hospitals and initial response, in particular tagging issues. An overview of damage in Portoviejo and Manta will be included.

The presentations will include:

Introduction and Overview of the Earthquake
by Forrest Lanning (M. EERI, 2009)

Geotechnical Observations from the GEER-ATC Team
by Sissy Nikolaou (M. EERI, 2004)

Damage Observed in the Ground Zero Zone of Portoviejo
by Ana (Gabby) Haro (M. EERI, 2014)

Damage Observed in Manta
by Mei Kuen Liu (M. EERI, 2016)

Performance of Hospitals
by Adrian Tola (M. EERI, 2015)

Performance of Partitions and Cladding of Multistory Buildings
by Héctor Monzón Despang (M. EERI, 1988)

Building Tagging
by Arturo Schultz (M. EERI, 1986)

Question and Answer Time

Webinar Registration
Please register for the webinar using the following link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8359371777335576578

After registering, you will be sent a confirmation email with more information on how to join the webinar. There is no cost to attend. Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be available from EERI after the webinar for $30.

Questions? Please email EERI intern Shizza Fatima at shizza@eeri.org