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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

Have you registered for EERI's 2019 Annual Meeting yet?

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March 5-8, 2019 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


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For more information and to register please visit the EERI 2019 Annual Meeting Website 

Please Renew Your EERI Membership for 2019

renew your membershipWe understand how busy you are. But if you haven't yet, please take a moment now to renew your EERI membership for 2019. It's simple to do, you can renew by email, mail, or phone. EERI members who had not yet renewed were mailed a letter dated Nov. 1, 2018, and an email on Dec.19, 2018. The letter provides a form and instructions to renew by mail, and the email provides a direct link to your personal renewal page, simplifying the process.  If you cannot find the email, just login to EERI Member Resources using your email address as your user name, EERI ID as your password, and follow the prompts. If you have questions, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope you will continue your support of EERI and our mission in 2019! 
Together, we can reduce earthquake risk for our communities.


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YMC Webinar - January 30, 2019

Case Studies of Financial Decision-Making using Near–Real-time Post-Earthquake Information

David Wald ymc webinarDate: Wednesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am PST
Speaker: David J. Wald, Ph.D. (M.EERI,1988)


About the speaker

David J. Wald, Ph.D. is a seismologist with the USGS in Golden, Colorado and is on the Geophysics Faculty at the Colorado School of Mines. Wald earned his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Caltech in 1993. He is involved in research, development and operations of several real-time information systems at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC). He led development of and manages “ShakeMap” and “Did You Feel it?", and is responsible for leading the development of other systems for post-earthquake response and pre-earthquake mitigation, including “ShakeCast” and “PAGER.” 

David has served on the EERI Board of Directors from 2014-2016, Earthquake Spectra’s editorial board from 2010-2016, and began as the Earthquake Spectra Editor in October 2018. David was EERI’s Distinguished Lecturer in 2014. He has been the Seismological Society of America (SSA) Distinguished Lecturer, Associate Editor of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America and served on the Society’s Board of Directors. He was awarded SSA’s 2009 Frank Press Public Service Award, a Department of the Interior Superior Service Award in 2010, and its Meritorious Service Award in 2016. Previously at Caltech, and now at the Colorado School of Mines, Wald has advised scores of post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate student research projects. His own scientific interests include a wide variety of earthquake applications including: real-time monitoring, rupture processes, analysis of ground motion hazards and site effects, macroseismology, modeling earthquake-induced ground failure, citizen-seismology and estimating human and economic losses.

Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be available from EERI after the webinar for $30.
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To register for the webinar please click here.

This YMC Webinar is supported with funding under a cooperative agreement (EMW-2018-CA-00005) with FEMA/U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The EERI Younger Members Committee (YMC) provides opportunities for graduate students and early-career earthquake professionals and faculty members within EERI. YMC Membership is open to all young professionals interested in actively participating with and supporting the mission of the YMC. To apply, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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EERI Regional Chapter News

Sacramento Regional Chapter Co-Hosts 2019 Geo Symposium and Field Expo

Sacramento March EventREGISTER FOR THE EVENT

2019 Geo Symposium and Field Expo: 
“A Geo-Resilient Sacramento: State of the Practice and State of the Art”

Date: March 29 & 30, 2019
Location: Lions Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover Street, McClellan Park, Sacramento, CA 95652


Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists (AEG)
American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Geo-Institute
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)


We are excited to announce the upcoming 2019 Geo Symposium and Field Expo! The theme for this conference is “A Geo-Resilient Sacramento” with a focus on Engineering Geology, Seismology, and Geotechnical Engineering. Activities will include:

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Field Expo to include vendor demonstrations and discussions with the experts
  • Career Fair and Networking Event
  • Poster Sessions and Oral Presentations on Engineering Geology, Seismology, and Geotechnical Engineering
  • And more!

Abstracts shall be submitted no later than January 21, 2019
Early registration is available until February 1, 2019

For more information, please click here.


Northern California Chapter November Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Training Workshop

NoCalWorkshopOn November 13th, 2018, the EERI Northern California chapter hosted a Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Training Workshop in Oakland. Twenty-nine people attendanced, included professionals, academics, and students from a wide range of disciplines, and participated in the interactive training to be ready to collect data and share observations after an earthquake in Northern California.

The workshop provided an overview of the EERI Learning from Earthquakes program and how EERI responds to earthquakes. Workshop attendees also learned how to use the Fulcrum app for reconnaissance data collection and were sworn in as Disaster Service Workers by California Earthquake Clearinghouse Chair Anne Rosinski (M.EERI,2013). The workshop also provided an opportunity for chapter leadership and members to discuss how the chapter could play a role in supporting reconnaissance efforts after a major earthquake in northern California.

The workshop agenda and presentation slides are available on the LFE Training Clearinghouse website

EERI can help members be prepared to actively engage in reconnaissance efforts after an earthquake in their area. Any student or regional chapter representatives who are interested in hosting a workshop can contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


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Student Chapter News

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile EERI Student Chapter Hosts Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Training Workshop

PUC workshop groupThe EERI Student Chapter of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile hosted a successful two-day training workshop in November empowering students and professionals to share and collect data after an earthquake. At the workshop presentations were made by local Chilean professors and a special international guest, Eduardo Miranda (M.EERI,1987), professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. A variety of topics were presented emphasizing the performance and types of failures of different construction materials (timber, confined masonry, steel, and concrete) after an earthquake, and the criterion to determine and evaluate risks of collapse of buildings and bridges, and subsequent evacuations. Chloe García (M.EERI,2016), vice president of the student chapter, organized the event with the support of the chapter and university, supporting EERI’s mission to reduce earthquake risk.

EERI can help members be prepared to actively engage in reconnaissance efforts after an earthquake in their area. Any student or regional chapter representatives who are interested in hosting a local workshop should contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan (M.EERI,2012) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.



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Spanish Translation of Vitelmo V. Bertero Oral History Now Available

Bertero cover Spanish translationDue to the efforts of Professor Carlos Llopiz at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, the EERI Oral History Series Connections, Volume 16: Vitelmo V. Bertero has been translated into Spanish. Conexiones: La Serie de Relatos del Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería Sísmica (EERI) - Vitelmo V. Bertero is now available online and is free to download as a PDF. EERI members are encouraged to distribute this important work to Spanish-language earthquake engineering organizations and colleagues. The translation was done by Claudia Llopiz, and Professor Jose Restrepo provided editorial oversight. To read or download the Spanish translation of volume 16, please click here

A Spanish translation of Connections Volume 12: Robert Park and Thomas Paulay, was released in December 2017, and can be found online here.

The Institute thanks the team at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo for their diligent work in translating these oral histories. 

To view the entire EERI Oral History series, please click here.

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Dynamic Isolation Systems: Project Engineer Opportunity


Dynamic Isolation Systems (EERI Bronze Level Subscribing Member) is a leading designer and manufacturer of Lead Rubber Bearings, Viscous Wall Dampers, and Non-Structural Isolation Systems. Our products provide earthquake protection to buildings, bridges, and equipment in 23 countries around the world. We are seeking a Project Engineer to join our talented engineering team. This position entails working in a small technical group to prepare designs, proposals, bids, and test reports. 

Please click here to see the full job posting. 

Interested candidates may apply through the link above or by sending a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity

USGS logo green SQUAREClosing date: January 18, 2019
Location: USGS, Golden, Colorado

We are seeking a Post Doctoral Researcher within the Geologic Hazards Science Center to apply state-of-the-art risk estimation methodologies associated with spatially distributed infrastructure assets and to model the impact from network interdependencies. In addition, the researcher is expected to investigate and develop new, innovative techniques to model individual and systemic risk of select infrastructure and potentially propose a broader multi-sector framework to evaluate earthquake risk for developing mitigation priorities.

For more information about the USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship, please click here.

To see the full job posting on for information including potential research topics, responsibilities, requirements, compensation, and how to apply, please click here.

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Welcome New EERI Members

Welcome New Members!

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Hui Yu, Dalian University of Technology, Architect

DaleAnn Baker, Consultant, Mechanical
James Beavers, Structural
Ricardo Herrera, University of Chile, Structural
Apostolos Papageorgiou, University of Patras, Education

Young Professional
Liang Chen, Concordia University, Civil
Kelly Crutchlow, GeoSIG Ltd.
Kathleen Darby, Geosyntec, Geotechnical
Kenzo Horiuchi, Structural
Daniele Malomo, University of Pavia, Structural
Sarah Smith, Lettis Consultants International


Xochitl Ramirez, California State University, Chico, Civil
Tracy Rice, California State University, Chico, Civil
Mertcan Geyin, University of Washington, Geotechnical
kai Wu, Texas A&M University, Urban Planner
Priya Patel, University of Minnesota, Civil
April Tran, University of California, San Diego
Nicholas Mendoza, University of California, San DIego, Structural
Lindsey Jacobs, University of California San Diego, Geotechnical
Alireza Eksir Monfared, University of British Columbia, Structural
Rodrigo Costa, University of British Columbia
Eric Luu, UCLA, Civil
Mohammad Syed, University at Buffalo, Structural
Hazal Başarır, Istanbul Technical University, Architect
Motasem Alsayed, Concordia University, Structural
Jacob Rollins, Portland State University, Civil
Kris Li, University of California San Diego, Structural
Thitipong Sakonpiriyanon, University of California San Diego, Structural


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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News & Views

Seven (7) recent news articles, stories, opinions and reports from around the web.

1oneWatch the Atwood Building Sway From the 7.0 Earthquake (2KTUU) A new video, uploaded by the U.S. Geological Survey, shows an amplified look at how the Atwood building bobbed and weaved during the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Nov. 30th. Mehmet Celebri (M.EERI,1980) says engineers will use the information to improve building codes, design stronger structures and learn even more about earthquakes. Read more/watch

2twoWere You in an Area That Shook the Hardest? Researchers Map Shaking Felt Across Anchorage in Big Quake (KTUU ANCHORAGE) John Thornley (M.EERI,2008), wears many hats, including serving as geotechnical engineer for Golder Associates and chair of the Geo-Technical Advisory Commission for the Municipality of Anchorage. He's also working on a Doctorate in earthquake engineering, focused specifically on Anchorage's geological response to seismic events. He and a team of researchers have developed "shake maps" in response to last month's earthquakes. They explain each of the three shake maps to Channel 2. Read more/watch 

3threeScientists Claim Progress in Earthquake Prediction (Washington Post) Scientists based at Los Alamos National Laboratory published two papers (12/17/18) in the journal Nature Geoscience reporting what they say could be a breakthrough in predicting earthquakes. One paper emerged from laboratory research. The other was focused on subtle seismic signals along the Cascadia subduction zone off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Read more

4fourLessons Learned from Kīlauea Eruption’s Media Frenzy (EOS) The Kīlauea eruption earlier this year unleashed a media bonanza. Here are nine tips about how to debunk geohazard misinformation in real time from a scientist frequently tapped for expert comments. The presentation, which was given at AGU's Fall Meeting 2018, provides useful tips for facing the media in response to a natural disaster. Read more

5fiveLawmakers Could Face Debate Over Earthquake Damage (The News Tribune) Kansas lawmakers are likely to face renewed debate in the next legislative session about how or whether to hold oil and gas companies accountable for property damage caused by earthquakes in Kansas. Read more

6sixCan Rivers Cause Earthquakes? (Scientific American) New research by geologists at Colorado State University and the University of Kentucky suggests that earthquakes in East Tennessee happen most frequently where large volumes of rock have been excavated from Earth’s surface by river erosion, and argues that the unloading of rock from the surface causes increased earthquake frequency. This study’s results are specific to the East Tennessee Seismic Zone, but if so, could help explain some quakes that happen far from tectonic-plate boundaries. Read more

7seven7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Philippines (UPI) On Dec. 29, 2018 a 7.0-magnitude undersea earthquake struck off Davao Oriental in the Philippines, frightening residents and triggering an initial tsunami alert. The epicenter of the earthquake, which hit at 11:39 a.m. local time, was pinpointed 52 miles east-southeast of Pondaguitan, Philippines. Read more


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