Welcome to The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, the bi-weekly email newsletter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
— Mary C. Comerio, EERI President
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69th EERI Annual Meeting
March 7-10, 2017
11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
June 24–29, 2018
Los Angeles, California
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EERI is teaming up with Centro Nacional de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Desastres Naturales (CIGIDEN) of Santiago, Chile, to offer the first ever Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program, January 14-18, 2017.
The program will be held following the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Santiago, January 9-13, 2017, and offers members a unique opportunity to learn directly from local experts in the field. While any EERI or CIGIDEN member may participate, the program is targeted at graduate students and early career researchers or early career practicing engineers.
The Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program is designed to share information and insight on earthquake risk mitigation, preparedness, and planning, and inspire participants to apply the lessons learned upon their return home. Program registration fee is $1,000 USD, and the deadline to apply is August 1, 2016
Application form to participate is at http://goo.gl/forms/twJFd8b8VnEPQ6iv1
More information on the program at the EERI website: https://www.eeri.org/2016/06/apply-now-lfe-travel-study-program-to-chile/
As a thank you to EERI members, every item in the EERI Knowledge Center and Online Store is now on sale at a 33% discount for a limited time. This members-only discount will be applied to all sale and regular-priced items at check-out. Many PDFs are downloadable at no charge.
Browse the EERI Knowledge Center and Online Store by visiting the EERI website at https://www.eeri.org/store-landing-page/
EERI's Honors Committee is charged with developing recommendations for several awards. The committee greatly depends on nominations submitted by the members of the Institute and seeks help in identifying worthy members whose contributions should be recognized.
Please consider nominating candidates for the Distinguished Lecture Award, George W. Housner Medal, the Alfred Alquist Special Recognition Award, and authors who deserve the 2015 Outstanding Paper Award for Earthquake Spectra (vol. 31).
Submit Your Nominations
All awards will be presented at EERI's Awards Luncheon at the 2017 EERI Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, March 7–10, 2017.
EERI will host a free School Earthquake Safety Initiative Webinar on July 12, 2016 (Tuesday) from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm PDT.
In this event, EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) committee will highlight its activities in school seismic safety screening in Alaska and Washington schools. Briefing content will include 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 will 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
Please register for the webinar using the following link:
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.
The following candidates have been nominated for the 2017 EERI Board of Directors. EERI members will vote for their candidates from October 1 to November 1, 2016.
Brent A. Maxfield, Structural Engineer, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT (M. EERI, 2005)
Barry Welliver, Structural Engineer, BHW Engineers, Draper, UT (M. EERI, 2002)
John G. Anderson, Professor, Seismological Lab, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, NV (M. EERI, 1980)
William "Woody" Savage, Geophysicist/Professor, USGS/ University of Nevada-Las Vegas, NV (M. EERI, 1975)
Additional nominations may be made by the membership in accordance with Article VII of the EERI Bylaws (Section 5), upon submission of a petition with signatures of at least 25 members for each elected Director's office and at least 50 voting members for the office of President-elect. See the Bylaws for full details. Petitions must be received before September 1, 2016. Biographies of the candidates and short vision statements will be published in a future issue of the Pulse and posted on the EERI website.
EERI thanks the Nominating Committee: Ian Buckle (chair), David Frost, Jim Malley, Jorge Meneses, and Laura Samant.Back to top >
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.
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 GEER team co-leader will provide 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 provided. More detail on the presentations will be released in the next week.
Please register for the webinar using the following link:
After registration, you will be sent a confirmation email with more information on how to join the webinar.
EERI's Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) program has been active in studying and facilitating knowledge distribution on April's two major earthquakes.
Muisne, Ecuador Earthquake - April 15, 2016
EERI continues to post information on the Muisne Ecuador Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse Website. Currently, fourteen volunteers are uploading the over 6,000 photos taken by the LFE team onsite. Photos can be viewed through the detailed photo gallery or through the clearinghouse data map, where photo locations can be correlated with geographic location, intensity of ground-shaking, population, and post-earthquake aerial imagery. Volunteers assisting with the photo upload process are Cherry Chan (M. EERI, 2016), Diego Cordero (M. EERI, 2010), Samantha Cristol (M. EERI, 2016), Michael Davis (M. EERI, 2015), Sahar Derakhshan (M. EERI, 2012), Alex Julius (M. EERI 2014), Anca-Cristina Jurcut (M. EERI, 2011), Kevin Mahoney (M. EERI, 2015), Yasutaka Narazaki (M. EERI, 2016), Franklin Olaya (M. EERI, 2016), Navya Vishnu (M. EERI, 2015), Hartanto Wibowo (M. EERI, 2007), Jenna Wong (M. EERI, 2016), and David Yoo (M. EERI, 2015).
The EERI Ecuador Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing Webinar will be held on July 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm (see article above). The reconnaissance report from the EERI LFE team will be available in mid-July.
Kumamoto, Japan Earthquake - April 16, 2016
EERI is working closely with the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED) on international coordination of post-earthquake clearinghouse websites. Following the April 16 earthquake, NIED established an informational website for disaster response agencies. In collaboration with EERI, NIED is in the process of translating this site into English. EERI will announce the availability of the translated site when it is completed.
The first two videos in the EERI Learning from Earthquakes Briefing Series on the April 16, 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake are now available on the virtual earthquake clearinghouse website. The 15-minute video presentations in the series will focus on various aspects of the earthquake. The first two videos in the series are:
• Ground Motions and Early Warning Masumi Yamada, DPRI Kyoto University
• Soil and Structure Damages under Extreme Ground Motion by Hiroyuki Goto, DPRI
Additional video presentations on social impacts, structures, and lifelines will be available later in July. For the latest reports and information related to the Kumamoto Earthquake, visit the Virtual Clearinghouse website.Back to top >
From The Atlantic: In the early 19th century, a series of massive quakes rocked Missouri. Some experts predict that the state could be in for another round of violent shaking, while others warn that a big quake could strike elsewhere in the center of the continent.
Read the article here:
Ten recent stories, reports, or opinions from around the Web:
Six-Story Building Put to Earthquake Test (KGTV) One of the world's largest shake tables simulates the 1994 Northridge Earthquake at UC San Diego. 10news.com
Megaquake planning must focus on recovery, not just survival (Crosscut) The greatest impacts of a big seismic event will be in the years of recovery afterwards. crosscut.com
Kumamoto, Japan quake insurance loss nears $3bn, up further 13% (Artemis) Insured claims paid figure a lot higher than initial industry loss estimates. artemis.bm
Earthquake-proof Japanese kindergarten is made from shipping containers (Global Construction Review) The use of stacked containers cheaper, faster, and can be retrofitted into existing structures. globalconstructionreview.com
Building back better—the Chinese way (Kathmandu Post) With Sichuan quakes, Chinese government proves no obstacle is too big if there is concerted political will. kathmandupost.ekantipur.com
Nuclear power fades in California as energy grid gets stressed (CNBC) Diablo Canyon to shut down in 2025 to meet the state's renewable energy policy goals. cnbc.com
A Real-Time Map of Earthquakes Around the World (City Lab) Earthquakes recorded by any monitoring station shows up on Mapbox's real time map using USGS earthquake data feed. citylab.com
Catching a (seismic) wave: measuring earthquakes in the oceans (Princeton University) Instrument measures sound waves created by the quaking of the earth far beneath the ocean surface. princeton.edu
Nepal’s Earthquake Widows Struggle To Survive (Huffington Post) 2015 Earthquakes left many women to fend for themselves where widows face abuse, discrimination, and enslavement. huffingtonpost.com
Fracking, Earthquakes and Visual Storytelling (Scientific American) Animated and interactive graphics describe connection between oil/gas production and human-caused earthquakes. scientificamerican.com
The Earthquake Engineering section of the online journal, Frontiers in Built Environment, was awarded the 2015 Specialty Section Development Award at the editors’ summit of Frontiers SA in Switzerland, June 19, 2016.
Professor Izuru Takewaki (M. EERI, 1989) of Kyoto University is the chief editor of the Earthquake Engineering section, which was honored as the most actively-developed section of the journal. Frontiers has over 400 sections in science and engineering fields.
Critical and in-depth submissions on earthquake ground motions and their effects on buildings and infrastructures for both regular and special issue articles are welcome. More information can be found at:
GeoHazards International, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end preventable death and suffering from natural disasters, has an opening for a Project Manager based in Menlo Park, California.
The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing specific projects that reduce risk from natural hazards in vulnerable communities. Applicants require a Masters degree in a field related to natural hazards, risk reduction, or community work. Must have schedule flexibility and ability to travel to countries where GHI works, including India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Haiti.
To learn more and apply for this position, visit http://www.geohaz.org/#!job-openings/kg3lk
The World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WECDRR) will take place December 5-6, 2016 in Lima, Peru. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended until July 31, 2016 and abstracts can be submitted in Spanish or English.
More information and submission instructions at http://www.wecdrr2016.com
EERI Bronze Subscribing Member Haselton Baker Risk Group seeks candidates to join its growing SP3 software team.
Software Developer - Full Stack (PDF)
Junior Software Developer - Full Stack (PDF)
Executive Assistant (PDF)
The Seismic Performance Prediction Program (SP3) brings the next generation of seismic loss assessment to the engineering world. Placing the advanced FEMA P-58 methodology into the hands of engineers, SP3 enables quick and unprecedented understanding of the relationship between building-specific features and seismic risk.
More information on Haselton Baker Risk Group: http://www.hbrisk.comBack to top >
One preprint manuscript has been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication. The paper to be published is:
To read all current preprint manuscripts posted, visit Earthquake Spectra preprints.Back to top >
The University of Nevada, Reno, recently selected EERI member M. Saiid Saiidi (M. EERI, 1981), as the recipient of its 2016 Established Innovation Award.
The selection committee unanimously selected Saiidi for his pioneering research in bridge earthquake engineering research, investigation of advanced materials for incorporation in concrete bridges, development of patentable bridge elements in collaboration with small businesses, development of connections for accelerated bridge construction, and field implementation of innovative concepts in a demonstration bridge in the State of Washington. More information about Saiidi’s projects including articles and shake table test video clips can be found at http://wolfweb.unr.edu/homepage/saiidi/
Feature article on Professor Saiidi from the University of Nevada, Reno website:
"His bridge of the future is now being built"
EERI welcomes the members who have recently joined the Institute. If you wish to connect with your fellow members, you can locate their contact information in the EERI online membership directory, which requires logging in to the Member Resources Area of the EERI website.
Nicolas Mora-Bowen, Ecuador, Civil
Cecilia Cuyubamba-Quispe, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Civil
Yul Huerta-Gonzales, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Civil
Bushra Islam, University of Texas - Austin
Carla Lopez-Alcantara, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Civil
Gloria Lopez-Chaupijulca, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Civil
Jorge Melgar-Romero, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Civil
Axel Mendoza, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Civil
Mauricio Vega, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Civil