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Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Founded in 1948, EERI's mission is to reduce earthquake risk by (1) advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, (2) improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and (3) advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.

News of the Institute

Anil Chopra Oral History: Last Chance to Order a Free Print Copy

anil chopra for pulseWould you like a complimentary print copy of the Anil K. Chopra volume of the EERI Oral History Series? The deadline to request one has been extended to Saturday, July 31st! Regular, retired, honorary, and young professional EERI members may request one complimentary copy of the volume, with free shipping to addresses in the United States. Request your copy here.

Why should you read this oral history? As Gregory Fenves (President of Emory University and graduate student to Chopra from 1980-1984) wrote in his personal introduction, in this volume “you will encounter Anil’s graciousness, his clarity of thought, his dedication to students, and his reflections on earthquake engineering as a member of 'the founding generation' in the field to which he has contributed so much.” 

Learn more about the EERI Oral History Series and access all its volumes in digital form on our website here.

The EERI Student Leadership Council is Recruiting New Members

Are you a graduate student interested in earthquake safety? Do you like working in a fun team environment with other engaged graduate students? We are recruiting our EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) for 2021-2022, and we are looking for you! As a member of the Student Leadership Council, you will have the opportunity to build your leadership skills while planning and running the annual EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. You can learn more about the SLC on their website.

If you are interested in joining the SLC, please complete this form by July 23, 2021 at 11:59 PT. Please share the link with other interested graduate students!

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Joyner Memorial Lecture Nominations Due July 31st

Nominations are open for the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture Award! Established by SSA in cooperation with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), the William B. Joyner Memorial Lectures honor William Joyner’s distinguished career at the U.S. Geological Survey and his abiding commitment to the exchange of information at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering.

Nominations for the Joyner Lecturer can be made by any current SSA or EERI member. Nominations must: 

  • Document the nominee’s accomplishments in fostering and enhancing communication at the earthquake-science/earthquake-engineering interface.
  • Explain why that person’s work makes a difference.
  • Include a brief summary of the candidate’s professional history. This may include honors, awards, professional affiliations, lectures and publications, and professional service and experience that address the intent of the Joyner Award.

Nominations should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 31, 2021. Learn more on the website.

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Earthquake Spectra

Earthquake Spectra is Looking for New Reviewers

Earthquake Spectra is eager to deepen our pool of potential reviewers and increase the diversity of experts involved in the peer review process—a marvelous, voluntary community effort to sustain high publication standards and to improve our collective contributions to engineering and science. Members who are interested in serving as peer reviewers for Earthquake Spectra can sign up here

We especially invite early career, graduate, post-doc and other newcomers to consider applying. For early career scientists and engineers, contributing to the peer-review process is a great way to help improve papers, learn about hot topics, and improve your own writing by recognizing what makes a great paper! Recommendations by supervisors and advisors are also welcome. We will notify our Associate Editors with a list of new potential reviewers on a regular basis. 

EERI releases special issue on Seismic Hazard in Central and Eastern North America (CENA) 

CENA coverimage for PulseWe’re very excited to announce the release of the July special issue of Earthquake Spectra! This issue showcases new developments in earthquake hazard and risk assessments relevant to Central and Eastern North America (CENA). This unique collection of papers marks a significant advancement in the documentation and understanding of the hazard and risk of this stable continental region with rare but significant seismicity.  

Guest editors for this issue are Yousef Bozorgnia of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Christine Goulet of Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), University of Southern California (USC). 

Why you should read this

  • A substantial portion of the special issue features a selection of papers from the multi-year and multi-disciplinary Next Generation Attenuation Relationships for Central & Eastern North-America (NGA-East) Project, coordinated by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center. These papers describe different aspects and products of the NGA-East Project and summarize the new ground motion characterization model for the CENA region. The products of this research will influence the design and construction of countless facilities, from transportation and nuclear power infrastructure to commercial and residential buildings, for the next several decades as the models are adopted into building codes and design provisions.

  • Several CENA-relevant research projects and activities have taken place in addition to NGA-East. Thus, this special issue also contains papers related to the analysis, modeling, and implementation of seismic ground motions and hazards in CENA.

Support for this special issue was provided in part by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) External Grant Award # G20AP00081 and a gift from Lettis Consultants International, Inc. These contributions are gratefully acknowledged and appreciated.  

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Learning from Earthquakes

New Resources on the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence

New and updated information from the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence is now available on the virtual earthquake clearinghouse website. These additional resources include:

Mobile Home Damage in 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquakes
This report by Bruce Maison (M.EERI 1990), S.E., and Robert Martinez, California Department of Housing and Community Development, documents emergency inspection findings and reconnaissance observations of mobile homes in Ridgecrest California in July 2019.

USGS Story Map: The 2019 Ridgecrest, California, Earthquake Sequence
This online, interactive Story Map documents the Response and Findings after the M6.4 on July 4 and M7.1 on July 6, 2019 in Searles Valley, Southern California.

EERI Earthquake Reconnaissance Report: 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence
The multi-disciplinary EERI Earthquake Reconnaissance Report has been updated to include new information on ground motions and additional references published since the report was first published in July 2020.

California Earthquake Clearinghouse Workshop Recordings
In November 2020, the California Earthquake Clearinghouse hosted two virtual workshops that used the week-long July 2019 Clearinghouse activation as a backdrop to discuss clearinghouse operations, clearinghouse coordination with earthquake response, and continued efforts in post-earthquake investigation data collection, coordination, and dissemination.


Virtual clearinghouse established for Antelope Valley, CA earthquake

AntelopeValley for PulseThe Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) has established a virtual earthquake clearinghouse website for the July 8, 2021 M6.0 earthquake that struck near the California/Nevada border. The clearinghouse website contains an overview of the earthquake, datasets, a photo gallery, and links to other resources.

Due to the remote location of the earthquake, the California Earthquake Clearinghouse was not activated for this earthquake.

Photo: Large Boulder Fall. Credit: Seth Dee, NBMG

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Subscribing Member Spotlight

American Institute of Steel Construction

aisc logo for pulseThe American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC's mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy.


ABS Group

ABS Group copy for pulseABS Group provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help clients confirm the safety, integrity, quality and efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals in over 20 countries serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government and industrial sectors.

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Optimum Seismic Webinar: Policy Options for Before Disaster Strikes

Optimum Seismic is presenting the Resilience Advantage seminar "Policy Options for Before Disaster Strikes" on July 21st, from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Pacific Time). The webinar will feature a panel of California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, District 46; Ron Takiguchi, Assistant Director of Community Development, City of Burbank; Carlos Martin, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute; and Matthew Wall, Executive Director, Western States Seismic Policy Council. Evan Reis, Executive Director of the U.S. Resiliency Council, will serve as moderator for the panel discussion. The panel will examine specific policies that can help to make buildings safer and more resilient.

Sign up for the free webinar here, and view previous episodes of The Resilience Advantage here.

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