EERI Response to M7.0 November 30, 2018 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake

On Friday, November 30, 2018, a M7.0 earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska.  The EERI community extends its thoughts and sympathies to those affected by the earthquake as emergency response 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 and is considering an EERI response.  EERI has created a virtual clearinghouse website where information will be shared and updated on an ongoing basis. Please check back  for more information about EERI’s plans on the Virtual Earthquake clearinghouse: M7.0 November 30, 2018 Anchorage, Alaska Virtual Clearinghouse

We welcome help in gathering and sharing links to media reports, information from earthquake professionals with field reports, or relevant technical literature.

How to Contribute
EERI members and other earthquake risk reduction professionals can contribute to reconnaissance efforts for this earthquake in the following ways:

1. Volunteer with the Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team

Research specific topics to gain an understanding of the extent of damage in the region. VERT reports will be used to help inform the LFE Executive Committee’s response to this earthquake.

Click here to Join VERT

2. Contribute Photos and Notes

There are several ways that you can contribute to our data collection effort.  (A) Contribute post-earthquake field observations and photos or (B) contribute relevant pre-event images of the impacted area to provide baseline data for locations that field teams should visit to observe impacts. Once reconnaissance teams and others begin to share their photos and observations, they will also be shown on the virtual clearinghouse  Data Map and Photo Gallery pages.  All submissions will help inform both reconnaissance and recovery efforts.  

For login information and help, please email Ana Orozco at

3. Use the Fulcrum App

In addition to our Photo Upload Tool, EERI is using the Fulcrum App for gathering information in the field.

  • If you already have a Fulcrum account through your organization and would prefer to use EERI’s Fulcrum data collection form (app), please contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan ( to be added to an existing effort as a member.
  • If you have a Fulcrum data collection form (app) you would like to invite others to use, please contactMaggie Ortiz-Millan ( at EERI to share your form (app) with our organization.
  • If you have data you would like to share with EERI through your own Fulcrum App, EERI may visualize your data on our Data Map on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan ( to request this.

Fulcrum can be downloaded easily for both Android and iOS devices.

4. Inform EERI of your reconnaissance plans

If you will be participating as a part of a reconnaissance mission, recovery mission, or traveling to the impacted area for any other purpose, please contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan ( to inform her of your timeline and travel details.  EERI can help link you to others in the field, support you in efforts to share photos or observations, and connect you with  the EERI team (if one is mobilized).

Other Ways to Contribute

Earthquake investigators are encouraged to contact EERI Clearinghouse staff at if they have suggestions about how they can contribute to this clearinghouse effort.