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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

City of Berkeley Sidewalk Survey Covers Over 250 Buildings More >

EERI Welcomes Back Maggie Ortiz-Millan More >

Learning from Earthquakes

Now Available: EERI Learning from Earthquakes Webinar Recording from “Earthquake Resilience: Lessons from the 2016 Central Italy Earthquake Sequence” More >


MAST Laboratory Online Training Session - December 19, 2017 More >

Workshop on the Central Italy Seismic Sequence, 11 December 2017, Camerino, Italy More >

Regional Chapter Spotlight

EERI Washington State Chapter Seminar on the 2017 Central Mexico Earthquakes More >


Job Posting: Research Fellow, Stanford University More >

EERI Resources from the Vault

One Year Ago: Pidie Jaya, Aceh, Indonesia, December 7, 2016, M6.5 Earthquake More >


Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts More >

Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members More >

Welcome New EERI Student Members!

New EERI Student Members as of November 9, 2017 More >

News of the Profession

Links to Recent News & 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

City of Berkeley Sidewalk Survey Covers Over 250 Buildings

City of BerkeleyThirty-four volunteers participated in a sidewalk survey that covered over 250 buildings in the City of Berkeley, California, on Saturday, November 18. The survey is part of an EERI project meant to help the city refine and validate their list of older concrete buildings and to provide recommendations to the city on possible ways to allocate mitigation funding.

Survey day participants included senior engineers, early career engineers, and graduate students who spent the morning surveying buildings in West Berkeley and the afternoon surveying buildings in downtown Berkeley. The teams collected the survey data using the Fulcrum Data Collection App on their smartphones. The survey form was developed by the project advisory committee and was based on the FEMA P-154 form.

The day ended with a debrief discussion led by the project advisory committee chair, Marko Schotanus (M.EERI,2007). During the debrief, participants discussed their overall impressions of the buildings they surveyed during the day. The project advisory committee will examine the data collected through the survey and will develop a report containing recommendations for the City of Berkeley.

This City of Berkeley’s list of older concrete buildings began with EERI Concrete Coalition volunteers who developed a preliminary estimate of 275 older concrete buildings within the city limits of Berkeley, using Sanborn Maps, Tax Assessor records via a Map Quest database, knowledge from the City Building Official, and drive-by street surveys. Since 2015, the City of Berkeley, has built on this work and refined their list through a more thorough review of Sanborn maps and parcel information.

Photo (top): Project Advisory Committee Chair, Marko Schotanus, outlines the survey day procedures during the morning orientation.
Photo credit: Jenny McNulty 


EERI Welcomes Back Maggie Ortiz-Millan

Maggie-Ortiz-PhotoEERI is happy to announce that Maggie Ortiz-Millan (M.EERI,2012) has returned to EERI staff as Program Manager. As a full time staff member at our Oakland headquarters, Maggie will be managing many of EERI’s programs, including Learning from Earthquakes. She will also focus on supporting younger members through the Younger Members Committee and the Student Leadership Council.

Maggie comes back with four years of previous experience at EERI and brings with her a wealth of institutional knowledge. She previously managed many of EERI’s programs including the Concrete Coalition, the World Housing Encyclopedia, and the Housner Fellows Program. She spent the last year working on earthquake hazard mitigation projects in Haiti at GeoHazards International. She is excited to return to EERI to continue strengthening EERI’s projects and programs.

Maggie holds a Masters in Structural Engineering and a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Please visit Maggie’s LinkedIn profile for more details about her history and accomplishments, and connect with Maggie online. Her email address is maggie@eeri.org.

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Learning from Earthquakes

Now Available: EERI Learning from Earthquakes Webinar Recording from “Earthquake Resilience: Lessons from the 2016 Central Italy Earthquake Sequence”

Italy EQ webinar

On November 2, 2017, EERI hosted the Earthquake Resilience: Lessons from the 2016 Central Italy Earthquake Sequence Webinar as a part of its Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) program. A recording of the webinar presentations and PDFs of presentation slides are now available on the Central Italy Earthquakes Virtual Clearinghouse Website.

Webinar recordings include the following presentations:

  • Geographic and Temporal Distribution of Ground Motions and Damage by Paolo Zimmaro, UCLA/GEER
  • Retrofits and Retrofit Policy by Silvia Mazzoni, UC Berkeley
  • Case Studies of Critical Facilities by Carmine Galasso, University College London
  • Emergency Response and Recovery by Jay Wilson, Clackamas County Emergency Management

View the full webinar video playlist.

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MAST Laboratory Online Training Session - December 19, 2017

MAST labMAST Laboratory Online Training Session
Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM CST

The University of Minnesota’s Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing (MAST) Laboratory will be hosting a 90-minute On-Line Training Session on Tuesday, December 19th. As per NSF policy, researchers funded by the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) and other NSF programs can use the MAST Laboratory or any other experimental facility for their NSF-funded research. Participants will be provided with the knowledge necessary to plan research proposals utilizing the MAST Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.  The Training Session will include:

  • Key issues related to the MAST Laboratory
  • Overview of the facility
  • Previous testing programs
  • Q&A

The Training Session is scheduled from 1:00 to 2:30 Central time, and will be delivered using WebEx. There is no fee for participating in the session. If you are interested, please send your contact information to mast-contact@umn.edu 


Workshop on the Central Italy Seismic Sequence, 11 December 2017, Camerino, Italy

Italy WorkshopThis workshop will cover the major scientific and policy implications of the 2016 earthquake sequence through focused presentations and panel discussions by national and international experts involved with investigations of the earthquake effects and response to the disaster. The topics covered will including faulting, ground motions, landslides and site response, building damage patterns, retrofit effectiveness, and emergency response and recovery. The workshop is being sponsored by a broad range of Italian agencies including ReLUIS, INGV, and EuCentre as well as GEER and EERI. More information on the event, including a site to register (for free) is here: https://sesicblog.wordpress.com/

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Regional Chapter Spotlight

EERI Washington State Chapter Seminar on the 2017 Central Mexico Earthquakes

EERI WA LOGOSeminar on the 2017 Central Mexico Earthquakes
Date: Thursday December 7, 2017
Time: 3:30PM - 6:45PM
Location: University of Washington, Husky Union Building (HUB) 160 - Lyceum

FREE Admission - No RSVP required

On September 19th, 2017, the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico Earthquake, a devastating M7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico. Within days, different groups of engineers and researchers traveled to Mexico to participate in reconnaissance and building assessment efforts and to learn from this significant event.

Join us as we learn more about the event of the 19-S earthquake so we can help prepare in the Pacific Northwest. The seminar will be a mix of presentations with a town hall discussion.

The seminar will include the following topics: seismology, ground motions and comparisons to the Pacific Northwest, building codes in Mexico, early warning systems, building damage and assessments, infrastructure damage, WAsafe – Washington State’s volunteers’ registry for engineers, architects, and inspectors. 

Speakers (subject to change):

  • Pedro Arduino, University of Washington
  • Erik Bishop, Reid Middleton
  • Jake Dafni, University of Washington
  • Nancy Devine, City of Seattle Dept. of Construction and Inspections
  • Maximilian Dixon, Washington State Emergency Management Division
  • Erica Fischer, Oregon State University
  • David Gonzalez, Reid Middleton
  • Brian Knight, WRK Engineers
  • Joyce Lem, HDR
  • Scott Miles, University of Washington
  • Mark Pierepiekarz, MRP Engineering
  • Juliette Peyroux, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • Kyle Steuck, Degenkolb Engineers

This seminar is presented by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Washington Chapter, the University of Washington Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Structural Engineers Association of Washington. For more information please email David Gonzalez at dgonzalez@reidmiddleton.com

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Job Posting: Research Fellow, Stanford University

Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative logoStanford University seeks a Research Fellow supporting the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative. We are looking for a leader to coordinate research activities, develop original research, and facilitate stakeholder engagement and educational efforts. The Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative is focused on research and design of technologies to improve the resilience of communities to natural disasters. Housed in the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, the initiative is focused on tackling one of the major global challenges of the next century: ensuring that our human environments–increasingly urban, complex, interconnected–cope with and thrive in the face of natural perils. An engaged group of Stanford faculty and students are participating in this effort, creating an exciting opportunity for new initiatives. For details about the position, and a link to apply online, click here. Review of applications is ongoing. Questions can be directed to Jack Baker (M.EERI,2004) (bakerjw@stanford.edu). 


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EERI Resources from the Vault

One Year Ago: Pidie Jaya, Aceh, Indonesia, December 7, 2016, M6.5 Earthquake

Pidie JayaA M6.5 earthquake struck Pidie Jaya Regency of Aceh Province in Indonesia on December 7, 2016 at 5:03 AM. The provincial government declared a state of emergency for 14 days following the quake, which caused over 100 deaths, injured hundreds more, and displaced about 50 percent of the district’s population.

The photo above appears in the Build Change, AARGI, and EERI Earthquake Reconnaissance Report: M6.5 Pidie Jaya Earthquake, Aceh, Indonesia on December 7, 2016 (page 7)

Photo credit: Muhammad Riyansyah

Member Resources: More resources are available in the LFE Reconnaissance Archive where you can read reports and Earthquake Spectra articles (members only), view photos, and peruse other findings. Members can access the EERI Earthquake Photo Galleries through the Member Resources site and non-members can preview the galleries here.

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Earthquake Spectra: Preprint Manuscripts

spectra 150Four (4) preprint manuscripts have been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication. The papers to be published are:   

  • Damage Reconnaissance of Unreinforced Masonry Bearing Wall Buildings after the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal, Earthquake by Giuseppe Brando, Davide Rapone, Enrico Spacone, Matt S. O’Banion, Michael J. Olsen (M.EERI,2004), Andre R. Barbosa, Marco Faggella, Rosario Gigliotti, Domenico Liberatore, Salvatore Russo, Luigi Sorrentino, Supratik Bose and Andreas Stravidis
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Seismic Mitigation Measures for Wine Barrel Stacks by Miguel A Jaimes, Gabriel Candia (M.EERI,2017) and Philomène Favier
  • Examining the Discrepancy between Forecast and Observed Liquefaction from the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes by Robb Eric S. Moss (M.EERI,2003), Laurie G. Baise (M.EERI,2002), Jing Zhu and Diwakar Kadkha
  • Damage assessment of cultural heritage structures in Nepal after 2015 Gorkha Earthquake: A case study of Jagannath Temple by S. Shrestha (M.EERI,2017), B. Shrestha, M. Shakya and P.N. Maskey

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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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members

EERI welcomes 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. 


Chris Carpenter, Cornforth Consultants, Inc., Geotechnical
Manwendra K. Sinha, Sinha Engineering Group, Inc, Structural


Shima  Ebrahimi, Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers, Structural


Virginia Flores Sasso, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Architect
Alonso Gomez Bernal, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Risk Analysis
Fangjie Li, China Earthquake Disaster Prevention Center, Structural
Albert R. Ortiz, Universidad del Norte, Structural
Saugat Shrestha, Build Change, Technical

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Welcome New EERI Student Members!

New EERI Student Members as of November 9, 2017

Dovlet Akyniyazov, University of Southern California, Structural
Jenny Autillo, University of Toronto, Civil
Karen Barns, Stanford University, Risk Analysis
Pathik Baruwal, University of Buffalo, Structural
Xavier Bellagamba, University of Canterbury, Lifelines
Piotr Adam Bońkowski, Opole University of Technology, Civil
Ishika Nawrin Chowdhury, North Carolina State University, Geotechnical
Theressa Chung-Hun, University of Toronto, Civil
Hayriye Ertürk, Sakarya University, Civil
Hamidreza Etebarian, University of British Columbia, Structural 

Tal Feinstein, UC Berkleley, Structural
Eduardo Assael Gonzalez, UC Irvine, Civil
Seyyed Farshid Hosseini, Khasheh Heiran, Civil
Jose Salvador Huaz, California State University, Los Angeles, Health Science
Shamim Khedri, University of Toronto, Architect
Xiangyu Kong, Dalian University of Technology, Civil
Maryia Markhvida, Stanford University, Risk Analysis
Ziya Muderrisoglu, Istanbul Technical University, Education
Luna Nurdianti Ngeljaratan, University of Nevada, Reno, Civil
Yanyue Qin, Dalian University of Technology, Civil

Pablo David Quinde, UNAM, Civil
Rahul Raman, University of Buffalo, Structural
Rocio Lilen Segura, Sherbrooke University, Structural
Mara Sio, UC Berkeley
Hesam Talebiyan, Rice University, Civil
Anu Tripathi, University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities, Civil
Alexandra Wu, UC Irvine, Civil
Prethy Zaman, UC Irvine, Civil
Jin Zhou, UC Davis, Civil

EERI Student Members: Be sure to login to EERI Members Only Resources to explore earthquake photo galleries, publications, reports, and much more. To update your member information and reach out to other EERI members, login to the EERI Member Directory by using your email address as your username and your EERI ID number for your password. Please note that if you did not include the name of your college/univesity when you joined EERI, your membership is not active until we receive that information.

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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News & Views

Eight (8) recent articles, stories, opinions, or reports from around the web.

1oneEarthquake Early Warning: Gravity Changes Beat Seismic Signals (Temblor) A new study, using data from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and ensuing tsunami, suggests that small gravity changes are the earliest earthquake early warning signals. Read more

2twoSatellite Data Guided Effort to Help Nepal Recover From a Series of Earthquakes (Phys.org) In a coordinated effort, people began gathering satellite information on destruction from the 7.8-magnitude Gorkha earthquake on April 25, 2015. Both domestic and international sources to disseminate to partners that needed it most. Read more

3threeNew State-Funded Sensors are Tracking Earthquakes Across Texas (The Texas Tribune) A new interactive website from state-funded researchers is tracking tremors across Texas – part of an effort to understand the link between earthquakes and oil and gas production. Read more

4four L.A. Gives Notice to Owners of Older Concrete Structures About Seismic Retrofits (Engineering News Record) Earlier this month, just over two years after Los Angeles passed a law requiring seismic retrofits of older, nonductile concrete buildings, the city’s Dept. of Building and Safety began sending compliance orders to owners. Read more

5fiveUniversity of Washington Engineers Develop ‘Breakaway’ Tsunami-Resistant Buildings, Prepping for ‘The Big One’ (Geek Wire) Engineers are developing a first-of-its-kind building that can withstand powerful waves from tsunamis. The tsunami-resistant buildings will have “breakaway” walls on lower floors that actually strengthen the structure when removed by strong waves. Read more

6sixWhere in the Pacific Northwest Will the Next Monstrous Earthquake Strike? (Live Science) Research published Nov. 20 in the journal Nature Geoscience, found that more compact sediment found farther north along the coast of Oregon and Washington is more likely to give rise to an earthquake than the less densely packed sediment in central Oregon. Read more

7sevenRammed-Earth Earthquake-Resistant House Prototype Named the World Building of the Year (Architect Magazine) A design team from the Chinese University of Hong Kong has developed an alternative solution for post-earthquake housing reconstruction in China that is cost-effective, sustainable, and context-sensitive.The design protoype was named the World Building of the Year at the 10th World Architecture Festival (WAF) held last month in Berlin. Read more

8eightDo the Recent South Korean M5.4 Earthquakes Imperil the Safety of its Nuclear Power Plants? (Temblor) Two large shocks struck South Korea on September 12 and November 15. Temblor examined the seismic catalogs, Google Earth imagery of the faulted landforms, the Global Earthquake Activity Rate (GEAR) model, and the GPS-derived crustal strain rates (GSRM2.0), to assess the significance of the seismic threat. Read more

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