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Welcome New EERI Staff Member Beki McElvain

LFE response to New Zealand, Oklahoma, and Italy earthquakes

EERI’s Learning From Earthquakes Program is currently responding to three earthquakes. An earthquake clearinghouse has been established for each event where members can go to learn more about the reconnaissance efforts underway and the observed earthquake impacts. These websites will continue to evolve overtime as more reconnaissance data and photo observations are added, so members are encouraged to check back frequently.

New Zealand Kaikoura Earthquake
In response to the M7.8 earthquake on November 13, 2016 at at 11:02:56 UTC, a Kaikoura New Zealand Virtual Clearinghouse website has been established to be a central location for sharing data and reports collected by experts conducting reconnaissance for this earthquake and its aftershocks. The clearinghouse operation is a partnership between four organizations: EERI as part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program, New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering, GNS Science, and QuakeCoRE. Under the leadership of our New Zealand partners, reconnaissance activities are underway and observations are being organized on the site according to specific topic areas. Numerous photo observations and other data layers showing impacts in Wellington, Marlborough, and the epicentral area of Kaikoura are already posted on the data map and photo gallery. Colleagues with information about earthquake impacts are asked to send information to clearinghouse website curators who are listed on the website homepage. EERI’s LFE program will continue to work with our New Zealand partners to identify opportunities for EERI engagement and participation as the situation evolves.

Oklahoma Earthquakes
In response to the M5.0 earthquake on November 7, 2016 near Cushing Oklahoma, a ten member EERI team has visited the epicentral region to conduct reconnaissance. The team has several reconnaissance objectives, notably to document ephemeral damage to the built environment and observe business resilience by implementing a business survey that was initially developed for and deployed following the South Napa earthquake. The team was specifically designed to provide training and mentorship opportunities for several EERI young members and is being lead by Jim Taylor, Technical Manager at ABS Consulting. For a complete list of team members and reconnaissance objectives, visit the Oklahoma Earthquakes Clearinghouse website. Team member photo observations and a short reconnaissance summary report will be posted to the website in the coming weeks.

Central Italy Earthquakes
EERI joined with the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (Eucentre) and Rete dei Laboratori Universitari di Ingegneria Sismica (ReLUIS) to conduct a reconnaissance trip in Italy from September 12-16, 2016 to study the impacts of the August 24, 2016 Amatrice earthquake. Since their return from the field, three additional significant earthquakes have impacted the region, with the largest being a M6.5 on October 30. The emergency response effort since these subsequent earthquakes has been extensive, thus EERI plans to partner with the Eucentre, ReLUIS and GEER on a collaborative follow-up reconnaissance mission when the situation settles and access becomes possible. Observations for these events, including the link to the initial webinar briefing, have been posted at the Central Italy Earthquakes Clearinghouse. EERI thanks our Italian partners at the Eucentre and ReLUIS who have been compiling and populating an Italian version of the clearinghouse site, and coordinating the follow-up reconnaissance mission.

Questions about these LFE activities can be directed to Heidi Tremayne at heidi@eeri.org.

EERI Executive Director Search

In Memoriam: Ray W. Clough

In Memoriam: Vitelmo V. Bertero

Chris Rojahn to Receive the 2017 Alfred E. Alquist Medal

Chris Poland to be Awarded Housner Medal in 2017

Chris Poland

Chris Poland

Chris Poland (M. EERI, 1978), a practicing structural engineer whose career includes a wide range of professional activity spanning structural design, public policy, advocacy, and service to EERI and the profession, will be presented with the George W. Housner Medal for 2017. The Housner Medal is awarded to recognize Institute members and others who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to public earthquake safety through the development and application of earthquake hazard reduction practices and policies.

Poland’s design work includes seismic analysis and strengthening of existing buildings, structural failure analysis, and historic preservation. After serving as President, CEO, and Chairman at Degenkolb Engineers, Poland left in 2014 to pursue a specialized consulting practice aimed at community resilience and the buildings and systems that contribute to it. He brings a broad, multidisciplinary approach to reducing risk and promoting disaster resilience that reflects the necessity to look beyond the physical environment to include the social, economic and cultural fabric of our cities.

He has represented the profession in testimony to Congress supporting the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and is a passionate seismic safety advocate at the local, state and national levels. He served as the first Chair of the Advisory Committee to NEHRP, responsible for evaluating and advising the earthquake programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National Science Foundation. He currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities.

Poland’s energy and vision in raising public awareness to the risk of earthquakes has had a lasting impact on California and the nation. He served as Chair of the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference in San Francisco in April 2006; the Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings Standards Committee, which completed both ASCE 31 and ASCE 41; Chairman of the California Strong Motion Advisory Committee, and Member of the Advisory Committee of the California Integrated Seismic Network. He is engaged in innovative local initiatives as a member of the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), where he co-chairs their Resilient City Initiative. He acted as lead in drafting the publication The Disaster Resilient City, a comprehensive plan now being implemented to promote the resilience of the structural, social and 85 economic elements of the City to reduce risk and improve response and recovery from future disasters.

Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2009, Poland is also a Fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute, as well as an Honorary member of the Structural Engineers Association of California and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Chris served as President of the EERI Board of Directors in 1999-2000.

The presentation of the George W. Housner Medal to Chris Poland will take place at the 69th EERI Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, on March 9, 2017.

Italy Earthquake Webinar Briefing on October 28, 2016


On Friday, October 28, 2016, 3:00-5:00 pm, Pacific time, a webinar briefing will share findings from reconnaissance activities conducted after the Central Italy earthquake of August 24, 2016.

The briefing is a collaboration of NSF-sponsored Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (GEER), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), B. John Garrick Institute for Risk Sciences at UCLA, Rete dei Laboratori Universitari di Ingegneria Sismica (ReLUIS), Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, and Eucentre Foundation. The full schedule can be seen below. The event is sponsored by GEER, EERI, B. John Garrick Risk Institute, PEER (Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center), and UCLA International Institute.

How to attend
1. Watch the briefing as a live webinar by pressing the ‘play’ button in the YouTube window below. Note, once you press ‘play’ in the center of the image, you can click the icon on the bottom right corner to view the briefing in full screen mode. You can also watch directly from YouTube.

2. Attend in person at the CNSI auditorium on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles.


3:00-3:05 pm Opening Remarks. Italian Consul General. (To be confirmed.)

3:05-3:10 pm Overview of seismic sequence and reconnaissance activities.
Jonathan P. Stewart, GEER Team Leader

3:10-3:20 pm Regional tectonics and geology. Surface fault rupture.
Fabrizio Galadini (to be confirmed, via video), INGV L’Aquila Region Branch Manager, GEER Team Member

3:20-3:35 pm Finite fault model and ground motions.
Paolo Zimmaro, UCLA, GEER Team Member

3:35-3:55 pm Applications of drone-based imagery. Earthquake-induced landslides.
Kevin Franke, BYU, GEER Team Member

3:55-4:10 pm Performance of dwellings and damage patterns.
Maria Giovanna Durante, University of Sannio, Tasos Sextos, University of Bristol, GEER Team Members

4:10-4:20 pm Performance of bridges.
Luigi Di Sarno (via video), University of Sannio, ReLuis Team Member

4:20-4:40 pm Building retrofit policy and effectiveness.
Silvia Mazzoni, UC Berkeley, EERI Team Leader, Guido Magenes (to be confirmed, via video), University of Pavia, EUCenter Team Leader

4:40-4:50 pm Emergency response.
Silvia Mazzoni, UC Berkeley, EERI Team Leader

4:50-5:00 pm Lessons learned and next steps.
Jonathan P. Stewart, GEER Team Leader

Download the webinar flyer for more information.