Free webinar: Magna, Utah Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing

Thursday, July 23, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET | REGISTER HERE

This Learning from Earthquakes webinar will provide an overview of the impacts from the M5.7 March 18, 2020 Magna, Utah earthquake. In this multidisciplinary webinar, you will gain insights covering science, engineering, and response aspects of the earthquake. You will also learn how the earthquake affected the natural and built environment, as well as about current mitigation efforts in Utah.



Barry Welliver (moderator) is the owner and principal engineer of BHW Engineers based in Draper, Utah. His involvement with the Utah Seismic Safety Commission dates back to 1996, first as an observer, then delegate for the Structural Engineers Association of Utah, and finally as Chair of the commission from 2002-2006. Barry was a member of the teams producing the first Putting Down Roots In Earthquake Country and Scenario for a Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake on the Wasatch Fault – Salt Lake City Segment publications. He is on the EERI Board of Directors and has held many other leadership roles within EERI and the Structural Engineers Association of Utah.


Jessica Chappell, SE, LEED AP, is an Associate at Reaveley Engineers, with 16 years of experience in structural consulting. She serves on the Utah Seismic Safety Commission, the SE3 Committee of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, the Technical Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of Utah, and the Education Committee of the Utah Society of Healthcare Engineers. Jessica has organized the EERI Utah Chapter Resilience Workshops and has represented Reaveley in a partnership with the University of Utah – College of Architecture and Planning for their Community Resilience programs.


Crystal Hulbert has been the City Engineer for Magna Metro Township since 2018. She began her career in heavy civil construction management, then to structural design for commercial buildings, and finally to civil design for residential homes. She has spent the last four years in municipal engineering. Crystal received her bachelor of science in 2006 in civil engineering.


Emily Kleber is a geoscientist at the Utah Geological Survey specializing in earthquake geology. She investigates how earthquakes and geologic hazards have changed the surface over geologic timescales, with expertise in the application of high-resolution topographic data (lidar) to geologic hazard mapping, paleo seismology, field geology, and geochronology. Emily is passionate about communicating and connecting with the public, earthquake scientists and engineers, emergency managers, and officials about earthquake geology and hazards in Utah. She has a B.S. in geology from University of California, Davis, and a M.S. in geology from Arizona State University.


Keith Koper is professor of geophysics and director of the seismological observatory at the University of Utah. His research interests include array seismology; Earth's ambient seismic noise field; forensic seismology and exotic sources; rupture imaging of giant earthquakes; seismicity and tectonics of the intermountain West; mining induced earthquakes; structure and dynamics of Earth's deep interior. Dr. Koper has published 83 peer-reviewed articles and been principal investigator on $11.52M of external research awards from many federal agencies. He serves as a member of the U.S. Air Force Seismic Review Panel, as vice-chair of the Utah Seismic Safety Commission, and as a member of the science advisory board of Eos.


Sean McGowan is the Earthquake Program Manager and Building Science Lead for FEMA Region VIII, collaborating with state and local leaders in the Rocky Mountain Region to mitigate earthquake risk and adopt resilient building codes. Sean works to enhance FEMA’s readiness for major earthquakes and serves as the subject matter expert for FEMA response efforts in the event of a regional earthquake – including along the Wasatch Fault. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Colorado and has implemented international sustainable development projects in Mexico, Peru, and Ethiopia.


Trent Sorensen is the Chief Building Official for the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District, serving the metro townships of Magna, Kearns, Copperton, White City, Emigration Canyon, the Town of Brighton, and unincorporated communities of Salt Lake County. Trent believes in the importance of strong and relevant building codes and seeks to strengthen the relationships and responsibilities of key stakeholders in providing safe buildings for our communities. Prior to his work with the District, he spent 10 years working in the building department of Salt Lake County, and 11 years working in building construction in Southern Utah.


Ivan Wong is a Senior Principal Seismologist with Lettis Consultants International in Concord, Calif. with a 45-year career focusing on earthquake hazard reduction and public outreach. Ivan has directed the seismic hazard evaluations of more than 500 critical and important facilities worldwide including some of the largest seismic hazard evaluations performed in the U.S. Since graduating from the University of Utah, he has worked extensively in both consulting and research in Utah often collaborating with the Utah Geological Survey and the University of Utah. Ivan led the development of the first seismic hazard maps of the Salt Lake City urban area, was the chair of the Working Group on Utah Earthquake Probabilities, and is the chair of the Utah Ground Shaking Working Group.