Searles Valley Earthquake physical clearinghouse established

EERI staff is now in Ridgecrest at the California Earthquake Clearinghouse physical location.

The physical location will open at 10 am and is at the following address:

California Earthquake Clearinghouse
Red Rock Canyon room
Kerr McGee Building
100 W California Avenue
Ridgecrest, CA
(near park entrance at the back of the parking lot, by Red Cross activities)

Our next Searles Valley earthquake briefing is Saturday, July 6 at 7 pm, late arrivals are welcome. We encourage everyone who is actively conducting field investigations to attend the briefing in person at the clearinghouse physical location.

How to contribute:

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


1. Use the Fulcrum app to collect and share reconnaissance data

EERI members conducting reconnaissance are encouraged to collect data using the EERI reconnaissance data collection form in the Fulcrum app. To collect data through the EERI Fulcrum Community account, please sign up here. After signing up, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions about how to download the Fulcrum app on your phone (users are manually approved so there may be a short delay in receiving this email). To learn more about how to use the Fulcrum app, you can view a series of short tutorial videos here

If you have questions about using the Fulcrum app, please contact Maria Luisa Jiminian at maria@eeri.org

2. 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 (maggie@eeri.org) 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).

3. 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. Join VERT by signing up here.

4. Other ways to contribute

Earthquake investigators are encouraged to contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan (maggie@eeri.org) if they have suggestions about how they can contribute to this clearinghouse effort.

EERI response to M6.4 Searles Valley, earthquake near Ridgecrest

On July 4, 2019, a M6.4 earthquake struck near Ridgecrest, California. 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 encourages its members to coordinate reconnaissance efforts through the California Earthquake Clearinghouse. EERI is one of the managing partners of the California Clearinghouse along with the California Geological Survey, USGS, the California Seismic Safety Commission, and the California Office of Emergency Services. As subject matter experts, EERI members can provide trusted observations of conditions in the field.

The California Earthquake Clearinghouse establishes a location (physical and virtual) to coordinate earthquake field investigations and share observations and knowledge. The engineering and scientific communities feed information to the Clearinghouse that can inform emergency managers during response and recovery. The physical location for the clearinghouse has not yet been established but more information will be posted soon on the EERI website. A California Clearinghouse Briefing will likely be scheduled this evening (both in-person and remote).

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

More information about the earthquake is available on the USGS website.


How to contribute:

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

1. Use the Fulcrum app to collect and share reconnaissance data

EERI members conducting reconnaissance are encouraged to collect data using the EERI reconnaissance data collection form in the Fulcrum app. To collect data through the EERI Fulcrum Community account, please sign up here. After signing up, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions about how to download the Fulcrum app on your phone (users are manually approved so there may be a short delay in receiving this email). To learn more about how to use the Fulcrum app, you can view a series of short tutorial videos here

If you have questions about using the Fulcrum app, please contact Maria Luisa Jiminian at maria@eeri.org.

2. 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 (maggie@eeri.org) 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).

3. 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. Join VERT by signing up here.

4. Other ways to contribute

Earthquake investigators are encouraged to contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan (maggie@eeri.org) if they have suggestions about how they can contribute to this clearinghouse effort.

SESI releases new PPT to help EERI members and advocates talk about earthquake school safety

EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) is pleased to share a new PowerPoint template that EERI members and other school safety advocates can use in their presentations to stakeholders, including parent organizations, school boards, community leaders, and local and state agencies. You can download this resource here (direct download, PPTX) or from the SESI website.

This PowerPoint stems from SESI’s commitment to create and share knowledge and tools that will enable progressive, informed decision-making around school safety. The goal of the PowerPoint is to provide EERI members and other advocates with a new tool to describe the school safety issues of their local community, including parent organizations, school boards, community leaders and decision-makers, and local and state agencies. The PowerPoint introduces EERI and SESI, describes what the specific earthquake hazard and school vulnerability issues are in the community, what can happen in an earthquake, which types of buildings are most vulnerable (such as URM), the impact and risk of nonstructural component failures, disruption to the community due to damaged schools, and what steps can be taken to improve school safety.

SESI leverages the extensive expertise of its members to conduct regionally-appropriate actions that can make a tangible and positive difference in communities around the world. One approach is to engage school safety advocates in communicating with a wide range of stakeholders to recognize and prioritize the importance of school safety before, during, and after earthquakes. Hazardous schools exist throughout the U.S. and globally. The majority of the school districts where such hazardous schools exist are already challenged by competing economic needs and limited resources.

We hope that EERI members and school safety advocates will use this PowerPoint to initiate meaningful communication with the appropriate decision-makers in their local community. Once that communication link has been established, SESI is happy to provide resources and assistance to any school safety advocate to move the process forward.

2020NEC submission deadline extended to July 26

Submit an abstract today to help us shape the 2020 National Earthquake Conference (NEC) program agenda! The NEC Program Committee is seeking presentation abstracts and session concepts for the 2020 NEC from March 4-6 in San Diego, CA. The EERI’s 72nd Annual Meeting will occur as an integral part of the 2020 NEC. 

To accommodate strong interests related to the Searles Valley earthquakes, we’ve extended the deadline to Friday, July 26. Topics in all other topics are welcome as well.

Proposals are welcome in four areas:

  • Engineering – to showcase the latest research, technologies, methodologies, and tools for improved earthquake risk reduction for the built environment; and to share effective design solutions and case studies
  • Science – to highlight scientific advances and products that support preparedness, response, recovery and/or mitigation;
  • Policy – to advance resilience through strong building codes, smart finance, marketplace incentive programs, tax benefits, innovative legislation, smart home technology, and;
  • Practice – to facilitate implementation of effective seismic risk reduction activities and practices by advocates, building and fire code officials, communicators, emergency managers, insurance professionals, journalists, leaders, merchants, product manufacturers, public officials, and other critical stakeholders.

Don’t forget to submit your application here by Friday, July 26!

Remembering Lloyd Cluff

EERI is saddened to share news that Lloyd Cluff (M.EERI,1968) passed away on June 4, 2019. Lloyd was a renowned earthquake geologist, as well as an influential, longtime member of EERI and served as its president from 1993 to 1995.

Born and raised in Provo, Utah, Lloyd was an avid and skilled climber and skier. He came across geology, however, by chance. While studying animal husbandry at Brigham Young University, he was drafted into the army and sent to Alaska as an instructor in the U.S. Army Arctic Indoctrination School to train officers how to survive in high mountains. It was there on the Alaska Range that Lloyd realized the possibility of a career path in physical geology. Upon discharge from the army in 1956, he attended the University of Utah, majoring in geology. Lloyd conducted his first earthquake investigation in 1959 after the Hebgen Lake, Montana, event. Thereafter, learning from earthquakes became a lifelong obsession.

After graduating in 1960, Lloyd joined Woodward-Clyde Consultants (WCC) in Oakland, California, as a field geologist. Over his 25-year career at WCC, Lloyd served as its Director, Vice-President, and Principal Geologist. In 1985, Lloyd joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company to lead its Geosciences Department. After 27 years, he retired in 2011 from PG&E, where he was Director of the Earthquake Risk Management Program. Over the course of his career, Lloyd worked on some of the most critical facilities in the world, including the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the Aswan High Dam, the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, and the Panama Canal.

“Lloyd was a pioneer in modern earth science during a period of vast intellectual change in that arena,” said Tom Tobin, EERI 2011-2012 President. “His interdisciplinary approach, optimistic style, and willingness to tackle challenges allowed him to work with engineers, politicians, and other earth scientists with ease; he was as comfortable in the boardroom as he was in the field.” 

Throughout his tremendous career, Lloyd received many recognitions and accolades. He was the 2003 recipient of the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture Award for his role in the interface between earthquake science and engineering and public policy, jointly awarded by EERI and the Seismological Society of America. In 2009, Lloyd received EERI’s George W. Housner Medal for his excellent work in the application of geologic knowledge, and his support of effective public policies to reduce earthquake risks and hazards throughout the world.

“Lloyd was especially adept at navigating and communicating at the interface of science, engineering, and policy,” said Laurie Johnson, current EERI President. “His rare combination of skills and passion will be greatly missed.”

We extend our deepest condolences to Lloyd’s family, friends, and colleagues. Please click here to read Lloyd’s full obituary.

Pledge to the Learning from Earthquakes Endowment Fund

At our annual meeting this year, EERI officially launched a landmark campaign to raise $4 million to pave the way for a robust and dynamic Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) for generations to come. The LFE endowment campaign will enable the program to become financially sustainable, expand earthquake reconnaissance efforts, develop innovative programming, and invest in the next generation of leaders.

As of June 15, we’ve raised a total of $1.6 million — $781,200 in cash pledges and $845,000 in planned giving from a total of 38 donors! We’re incredibly grateful to the generosity and leadership of our donors. Click here to see the most updated list of donors.

If you haven’t had a chance to pledge yet, please consider doing so by July 31 to receive a special distinction of LFE Endowment Founding Benefactor! For more information about the campaign, please click here.

EERI is hiring a Program Coordinator!

We’re seeking a proactive, creative, and tech savvy Program Coordinator. This position supports implementation of various externally and internally funded projects, programs, and strategic initiatives under the guidance of other EERI programmatic staff and associated program committee chairs.

The ideal candidate is self-motivated, flexible, and organized, as well as adept and comfortable working in a collaborative environment with a small staff and many professional volunteers. This position is a great opportunity for someone who is enthusiastic about engaging our members to help bring about real change in reducing earthquake risk and promoting public safety. This person will get the opportunity to apply their technical understanding of a field associated with earthquake risk reduction to solve problems alongside passionate EERI volunteers.

Responsibilities will include assisting technical and administrative committees, planning conferences and workshops, deploying earthquake clearinghouses to assist reconnaissance work, and coordinating the organization’s public policy activities at the federal and/or state level.

Please click here for the full job description. Interested individuals should submit a resume and letter of interest to EERI at jobs@eeri.org by July 7, 2019. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

2020 National Earthquake Conference: Submit your presentation abstract by June 28!

The 2020 NEC Program Committee is seeking presentation abstracts and session concepts for the 2020 National Earthquake Conference from March 4-6 in San Diego, CA. Submission deadline is Friday, June 28.

Proposal abstracts for presentations and session concepts are welcome in four broad focus areas – Engineering, Science, Policy, and Practice – to advance U.S. and global earthquake resiliency. 

Engineering: to showcase the latest research, technologies, methodologies, and tools for improved earthquake risk reduction for the built environment; and to share effective design solutions and case studies

Science: to highlight scientific advances and products that support preparedness, response, recovery and/or mitigation

Policy: to advance resilience through strong building codes, smart finance, marketplace incentive programs, tax benefits, innovative legislation, smart home technology

Practice: to facilitate implementation of effective seismic risk reduction activities and practices by advocates, building and fire code officials, communicators, emergency managers, insurance professionals, journalists, leaders, merchants, product manufacturers, public officials, and other critical stakeholders.

The 2020 NEC Program Committee will review and consider submissions, and will notify selected presenters in early Fall 2019. Presenters will be asked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation or poster, but NO conference papers will be accepted or required. Presenters will have the option to post their presentation materials on the website but no formal proceedings will be produced.

Presenters will be responsible for their own travel expenses and conference registration fees. We expect to provide a limited number of registration grants for students, early career academics, and professionals. 

Don’t forget to submit your application here by Friday, June 28!

A Message from EERI President Laurie A. Johnson

Pulse Digest Spring 2019 – read it online!