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LFE Webinar November 2, 2017: Earthquake Resilience: Lessons from the 2016 Central Italy Earthquake Swarm

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Earthquake Resilience: Lessons from the 2016 Central Italy Earthquake Swarm 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

12:00 – 1:30 pm PDT

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In May 2017, six months after the 2016 earthquake swarm in Central Italy, an EERI reconnaissance team traveled to the areas of Norcia, Amatrice, and L’Aquila to meet with officials to identify lessons related to engineering, building performance, and disaster management. Team members included Silvia Mazzoni (team leader), Jay Wilson, and Carmine Galasso.

During this free webinar, the team will present their findings on retrofit policy, emergency response, and recovery and how these affected resilience in Central Italy. The team will demonstrate their findings through case studies of critical facilities.

Photo: Reinforced concrete and masonry building damage in Pescara del Tronto. Photographer: Massimiliano Stucchi

About the Speakers

Paolo Zimmaro, University of California Los Angeles
Dr. Zimmaro is a lecturer and project scientist at UCLA. His research interests are in seismic hazard and risk analysis, system reliability of distributed systems, and soil liquefaction. Following the 2016 Central Italy earthquakes, he participated in a reconnaissance mission organized by the Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance Association (GEER). Outcomes of this activity are published in a series of GEER reports for which he served as the main editor.

Silvia Mazzoni, UC Berkeley
Dr. Mazzoni is a Structural & Earthquake Engineering consultant and a Research Engineer at UC Berkeley. Silvia has a diverse professional background spanning 25 years of working in different fields of earthquake-engineering research and professional practice, such as reinforced-concrete behavior and design, numerical simulation and seismic hazard and ground-motion analysis. Growing up in Italy, Silvia has a broad technical and cultural perspective on the current situation in Italy.

Jay Wilson, Clackamas County Emergency Management
Jay Wilson is the Clackamas County Resilience Coordinator with the Department of Emergency Management and spearheads efforts to reduce risks and assess hazards including flood, earthquake, wildfire, volcano, and tsunami hazards, and climate change impacts. Jay is the former Chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (2013-17) and served as a Disaster Resilience Fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (2015-16).

Carmine Galasso, University College London 
Carmine Galasso is an Associate Professor of Catastrophe Risk Engineering and Degree Programme Director for the MSc in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management at UCL. Prior to joining UCL, he has worked as a Catastrophe Risk Modeller at AIR Worldwide and as a Research Associate at the University of California, Irvine. His recent research focuses on developing methods and tools for multi-hazard risk and resilience assessment of critical infrastructure in developing countries.

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Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be available from EERI after the webinar for $30.

Questions? Please email Maggie Ortiz-Millan at

 More information on EERI’s response to the Central Italy Earthquake Swarm can be found on the Central Italy Earthquakes Virtual Clearinghouse website.

This Learning from Earthquakes Webinar is supported with funding under a cooperative agreement (EMW-2016- CA-00091) with FEMA/U.S. Department of Homeland Security.