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David A Friedman-PulseWelcome to The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, the bi-weekly email newsletter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
— David A. Friedman, EERI President


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News of the Institute

EERI Advocates for Continued Funding for Earthquake-related Federal Programs More >

NEHRP Turns 40, and Advocacy for Reauthorization Continues More >

EERI is looking for a Program Manager! Apply by July 16th More >

The Application Deadline is July 9 for the 2017-2018 EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellowships in Earthquake Hazard Reduction More >

New Regional Chapter - July 1, 2017

New! Sacramento Regional Chapter More >


California Earthquake Clearinghouse and EERI Stakeholder Training Workshops More >

Oregon Emergency Management & EERI Workshop on Data Policy URM Retrofit Strategies That Engage Communities More >

Call For Participation: Crowdsourcing Post-Disaster Damage Assessment More >

In Memoriam

Rubin M. Zallen More >


Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts More >

News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views More >


1st International Conference on Infrastructure Resilience
February 14-16, 2018


10th Gulf Seismic Forum for Seismology and Earthquake
Engineering Studies in the Arabian Plate Region
March 19-22, 2018
Muscat, Oman

PEER - MTS Hybrid Simulation Workshop
March 20-21, 2018
PEER Richmond Field Station, Richmond, CA

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Conference V
June 10–15, 2018
Austin, TX


16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering
June 18–21, 2018
Thessaloniki, Greece


11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
June 25–29, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) 43rd Annual Conference
October 24–27, 2018
Anaheim, California

Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2018)
October 28–31, 2018
Ghent, Belgium

GeoMEast 2018 International
November 24–28, 2018
Cairo, Egypt

16th Symposium on Earthquake Engineering (16SEE)
December 20-22, 2018
Roorkee, India

EERI 71st Annual Meeting

March 5–8, 2019
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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News of the Institute

EERI Advocates for Continued Funding for Earthquake-related Federal Programs

Cochran letterEERI's Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, led by Laura Samant (M. EERI 2003), has been closely following activities in Washington D.C., and monitoring impacts on NEHRP agencies and seismic policy.  Recent federal budget proposals have indicated significant cuts to programs associated with earthquake risk reduction.  In response, EERI sent letters to 31 Senators and 14 Congressional Representatives on both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to re-consider these budget reductions and outlining the benefits of these programs.  EERI members and partner organizations are encouraged to send similar letters using EERI's template language.


NEHRP Turns 40, and Advocacy for Reauthorization Continues

SSL July CoverThis year, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) turns 40.  The EERI Public Policy and Advocacy Committee is working to support reauthorization, and encourages interested members to join the Committee.  This effort was prompted and fueled from the two annual meeting sessions focused on NEHRP in March. To learn more, read the recent article by Bill Leith (M. EERI 2005), published in Seismological Research Letters: July 2017; 88 (4), that outlines key the accomplishments, past and current challenges, and the future of NEHRP. EERI Members interested in joining the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee should contact Beki McElvain at bmcelvain@eeri.org


EERI is looking for a Program Manager! Apply by July 16th

keep-calm-and-trust-the-program-manager-3EERI is seeking a dynamic, creative, experienced, and technology-aware Program Manager. This person will be a staff member with internal and external leadership responsibilities. The Program Manager will manage multiple externally and internally funded projects and programs, develop and implement professional development activities, recruit and facilitate involvement of early-career members, and support various EERI committees and chapters.

The Program Manager must be self-motivated, flexible, an excellent communicator, and an outstanding team player. This position requires someone eager to learn and innovate, and ready to take responsibility. Strong planning and organizational skills are essential because activities and assignments will vary in scope, timeline, and desired outcomes. Knowledge and experience in earthquake engineering or in a field associated with earthquake risk reduction is necessary.

The Program Manager should be adept and comfortable working in a collaborative working environment amongst a small staff and many professional volunteers. Travel is required for EERI’s Annual Meeting and occasionally for other U.S. conferences or meetings. Travel may also be required immediately following earthquakes in North America, and for some international conferences or events.

It is anticipated that the salary range will be from $75,000 to $85,000 based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. EERI provides a comprehensive employee benefits package, paid vacation, holidays, sick days, and a casual professional work environment in City Center Oakland on the BART line. Please view the full job description.

Candidates should send a letter of interest and resume with supporting qualifications to Heidi Tremayne, Executive Director, at jobs@eeri.org. All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls please.The application deadline is July 16, 2017 or until the position is filled.


The Application Deadline is July 9 for the 2017-2018 EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellowships in Earthquake Hazard Reduction

fema logo 50EERI is pleased to announce the availability of two Graduate Fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year to support full-time students in a discipline contributing to the science and practice of earthquake hazard mitigation.

The one-year fellowship, underwritten with funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is designed to foster the participation of capable individuals in working toward goals and activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.

The EERI/FEMA NEHRP fellowship provides a stipend of $12,000 that can be used for tuition, fees, research expenses, and the required attendance and participation at the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and 70th EERI Annual Meeting, June 25-29, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university and must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. All applications must include an academic transcript and a statement of educational and career goals. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with active involvement in EERI.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to EERI, including a letter of nomination from a faculty sponsor at the student’s institution and two additional reference letters. Letters should evaluate the applicant’s recent academic performance, document the applicant's research accomplishments, and assess the candidate’s potential to contribute to the field.

Candidates may apply online at https://www.eeri.org/about-eeri/honors-awards/graduate-fellowship/

Deadline: All application materials are due July 9, 2017. Announcement of the award will be made no later than September 1, 2017.

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New Regional Chapter - July 1, 2017

New! Sacramento Regional Chapter

sacramento logoEERI welcomes its newest regional chapter, Sacramento.  The Sacramento Chapter leadership includes President Zia Zafir (M. EERI, 2001), Vice President Julie Fogarty (M. EERI, 2011), and Secretary/Treasurer Alex Wright (M. EERI, 2012). The next chapter meeting will be held on August 24, 2017. Please visit the Sacramento Regional Chapter website for more information and to become a chapter member.

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California Earthquake Clearinghouse and EERI Stakeholder Training Workshops

EERI CACH WorkshopsThe California Earthquake Clearinghouse and EERI are holding three Stakeholder Training Workshops this summer on July 19, 2017 (Los Angeles), July 20, 2017 (San Diego) and July 31, 2017 (Sacramento). The full-day workshops will cover the following topics:

  • An Introduction to the California Clearinghouse
  • Disaster Service Worker Training
  • Making Scientific Observations Actionable
  • Reconnaissance Data Collection Tool Demonstrations
  • Interactive Field Exercises
  • Information Sharing

For more information and to register please click here.

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Oregon Emergency Management & EERI Workshop on Data Policy URM Retrofit Strategies That Engage Communities

OR workshopA workshop titled Data to Policy: URM Retrofit Strategies that Engage Communities will be held July 13, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon. Speakers include Althea Rizzo, Oregon OEM; Patrick Otellini, Swinerton Builders, (former) SF Earthquake Safety Director; Clair Clark, (former) SLO City; Jonna Papaefthimiou, PBEM; Barry Welliver, Utah Seismic Safety Commission; Cale Ash, Degenkolb/CREW; Kent Yu, SE, PhD, (former) OSSPAC; and Jake Brown, Portland BDS.

Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP please contact: Althea Rizzo, OEM (althea.rizzo@mil.state.or.us) or Beki McElvain, EERI (bmcelvain@eeri.org). To RSVP, click here.



Call For Participation: Crowdsourcing Post-Disaster Damage Assessment

Stanford StudyThe Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative and Blume Earthquake Engineering Center are researching ways to improve crowdsourced remote damage assessment, and need your help! They are looking at novel methods for assessing building damage from post-disaster satellite imagery, and need volunteers to test the crowdsourcing tools. Your participation will help improve recovery following earthquakes and other natural disasters.

To participate and learn more about the Crowdsourcing Post-Disaster Damage Assessment project, visit the project homepage.

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In Memoriam

Rubin M. Zallen

Rubin ZallinRubin M. Zallen (M. EERI, 1986) of Framingham, MA, entered into rest on May 30, 2017. He was 87. Beloved husband of 60 years to Leatrice (Adelson) Zallen, he was also a devoted father and grandfather. Rubin was a structural engineer with a passion for his craft. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor's of Science and graduated from MIT with a Masters in Engineering. Read more.

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Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

Eleven preprint manuscripts have been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication. The papers to be published are:  

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  • Effects of Deep Basins on Structural Collapse during Large Subduction Earthquakes by Nasser A. Marafi (M. EERI, 2014), Marc O. Eberhard (M. EERI, 1990), Jeffrey W. Berman (M. EERI, 2000), Erin A. Wirth and Arthur D. Frankel
  • Empirical Damage Relationships and Benefit-Cost Analysis for Seismic Retrofit of URM Buildings by Brandon Paxton (M. EERI, 2017), Kenneth J. Elwood (M. EERI, 1994) and Jason M. Ingham (M. EERI, 2012)
  • From Source to Building Fragility: Post-event Assessment of the 2013 M7.1 Bohol Philippines Earthquake by Muriel Naguit (M. EERI, 2016), Phil Cummins, Mark Edwards, Hadi Ghasemi, Bartolome Bautista, Hyeuk Ryu and Marcus Haynes
  • Experimental System Identification of a 63kV Substation Post Insulator and Developing its Fragility Curves by Dynamic Finite Element Analyses by Saman Mohammadpour and Mahmood Hosseini
  • Optimum Earthquake Design Coefficients Based on Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analyses. Theory and Applications by Mario Ordaz, Mario A. Salgado-Gálvez, Luis E. Pérez-Rocha, Omar D. Cardona (M. EERI, 1986) and Ulises Mena-Hernández
  • Guidance on the Utilization of Earthquake-Induced Ground Motion Simulations in Engineering Practice by Brendon A. Bradley (M. EERI, 2012), Didier Pettinga, Jack W. Baker (M. EERI, 2004) and Jeff Fraser
  • Procedures from international guidelines for assessing seismic risk to flood control levees by Paolo Zimmaro (M. EERI, 2015), Dong Youp Kwak (M. EERI, 2014), Jonathan P. Stewart (M. EERI, 1994), Scott J. Brandenberg (M. EERI, 2001), Ariya Balakrishnan, Ruben Jongejan, Ernesto Ausilio, Giovanni Dente, Junju Xie and Atsushi Mikami
  • call to refocus research goals for the development of seismic optimization methods by Orlando Arroyo (M. EERI, 2017) and Abbie B. Liel (M. EERI, 2009)
  • Impact of Joint Modeling Approach on Performance Estimates of Older-Type RC Buildings by Beyhan Bayhan (M. EERI, 2010), Gökhan Özdemir (M. EERI, 2013) and Polat Gülkan (M. EERI, 1993)
  • Is Harmonic Averaging of Shear Wave Velocity or the Simplified Rayleigh Method Appropriate to Estimate the Period of a Soil Profile? By Alfredo Urzúa, Ricardo Dobry (M. EERI, 1974) and John T. Christian
  • A Practical Method for Optimum Seismic Design of Friction Wall Dampers by Neda Nabid (M. EERI, 2015), Iman Hajirasouliha and Mihail Petkovski

To read all current preprint manuscripts posted, visit Earthquake Spectra preprints.

If you have questions about Spectra, contact Managing Editor Liz Stalnaker at liz@eeri.org

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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views

Five recent stories, reports, or opinions from around the web.

1oneSlow Earthquakes in Ocean Subduction Zones Shed Light on Tsunami Risk (Phys.org) Understanding "slow-slip" earthquakes on the seafloor—seismic events that occur over a period of days or weeks—is giving researchers new insights into undersea earthquakes and the subsequent creation of tsunamis. Read more

2twoUSGS Publishes a New Blueprint That Can Help Make Subduction Zone Areas More Resilient (USGS press release) The USGS has developed a blueprint for advancing science and resilience from subduction zone hazards entitled “Reducing Risk Where Tectonic Plates Collide – A Plan to Advance Subduction Zone Science. Read more

3threeWilshire Grand Week: From the Street to the Spire. Safety and Design Figured Into the Top and Bottom of the 73-Story Tower (Los Angeles Downtown News) At the base of the tallest structure west of the Mississippi are seismic elements that would allow the building to withstand a magnitude 7.5 earthquake from one of the 29 active fault lines within 50 miles. Read more

4fourSigns of Past California 'Mega-Quakes' Show Danger of the Big One on San Andreas Fault (Phys.Org) The San Gorgonio Pass, for geologists, is something of a canary in the coal mine for what they expect will be a major earthquake coming from the San Andreas Fault. Read more

5fiveScientists Confirm Yellowstone Supervolcano Was Hit By 450 Earthquakes In One Week (Forbes) The first of the swarm of 450 earthquakes began on June 12th and continued in the following days, including up to a 4.5M earthquake, prompting scientists to closely monitor the area. Read more

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