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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

Leadership Communique: LFE at 50 and More

Heidi Tremayne headshotWelcome to another great year with EERI in 2023!  We have an exciting and busy year ahead, with many opportunities to get involved and leverage your membership to connect with like-minded colleagues, learn the latest advancements in earthquake risk reduction, and expand your leadership skills.  

As we look to the year ahead, I also want to celebrate just a few of our many accomplishments in 2022:

  • Earthquake Spectra’s impact factor rose to 4.33! The journal produced 117 papers in Volume 38 with more than 3,000 pages of technical content.  
Learning From Earthquakes responded to several earthquakes in 2022, including in Mexico, Taiwan, and California. Read more about LFE’s accomplishments and plans here. 

  • 12NCEE provided an in-person opportunity for 1,200 attendees to share and learn together in Salt Lake City, Utah, alongside a thriving Seismic Design Competition with 34 teams from 9 countries. The conference included 94 sessions, 5 workshops/special events, 15 EERI committee/chapter meetings, and 6 tours! Enthusiastic feedback by attendees has spurred our plans to push for an in-person Annual Meeting in 2023 rather than a virtual format.  

  • EERI produced 19 webinars with more than 2,000 total attendees in 2022, serving a large cross-section of the membership and covering a vast range of topics. You can see the full range of content or watch webinars you missed at EERI’s YouTube Channel.

  • Our Student Chapters hosted visits from 27 Friedman Family Visiting Professionals at universities around the U.S. 

  • We recognized 15 individuals with EERI awards and honors at the 12NCEE

We will be building upon these accomplishments in 2023 and introducing some new strategic work to ensure EERI continues to thrive into the future.

Notably, EERI is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of our flagship Learning from Earthquakes program. This milestone will be a focus in 2023 and you can expect to see highlights from LFE’s archive, materials showcasing some of LFE’s impacts, and new opportunities to participate and help set reconnaissance priorities via our LFE Subcommittees.

To ensure that both EERI and LFE will be financially sustainable into the future, EERI’s leadership has committed to achieving our $4 million LFE Endowment fundraising goal in 2023 by raising the remaining $1.2 million before the year ends. We appreciate your support as we make this final push.

Our LFE focus will extend to our 2023 Annual Meeting this April. I hope you will join me in San Francisco for what promises to be a thriving and innovative meeting! The program will explore the legacy and impact of earthquake reconnaissance. Meeting activities are also designed to accelerate reconnaissance collaboration and planning, while considering how to expand the involvement of diverse participants and increase access to lessons learned. It should be fun, informative, and, as usual, filled with numerous cross-disciplinary networking opportunities. Visit the meeting website to learn more and register.

In 2023, we’ll also be continuing to provide the member benefits you know and rely on, from producing Earthquake Spectra and sharing new and outstanding paper highlights to hosting regular webinars, including an upcoming LFE Reconnaissance Briefing on the Ferndale Earthquake. We’ll also be supporting legislative tracking and policy advocacy through the work of our Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, honoring achievements in the field through our awards, prizes, and Oral History series, and continuing to advance our mission and vision through the activities of our many committees, regional chapters, and student chapters.

As always, the best way to make the most of EERI is to participate and get involved. In the coming year, I encourage you to register for the 2023 Annual Meeting, attend an upcoming webinar, offer to serve as a reviewer for Earthquake Spectra, and join an active committee. See you in San Francisco in April!

Together, we can achieve earthquake resilience in communities worldwide.

Heidi Tremayne
Executive Director

Register and Book Hotel Rooms for the 2023 Annual Meeting

We're excited to see you for EERI's 2023 Annual Meeting from April 11-14 in San Francisco. Our meeting venue and hotel is the Parc 55 Hotel in central San Francisco. EERI has secured special group rates for rooms at the meeting venue, and strongly urges participants to book rooms at Parc55 in order to take full advantage of the workshop and networking opportunities at AM2023! EERI's special room rates, which include wifi access throughout the meeting, are available via this booking link.

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The 2023 Annual Meeting will combine a one-day technical program with a series of workshops and exercises offering attendees networking opportunities and hands-on training in earthquake reconnaissance­—including lessons learned from the recent virtual activation of the California Earthquake Clearinghouse in response to the offshore earthquake near Ferndale. The theme of the technical program on Wednesday, April 12 is LFE at 50: Impacts of Earthquake Reconnaissance Past, Present, and Future. The 2023 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition will take place throughout the week, with Shaking Day on Thursday April 13 open to all meeting attendees. On Tuesday, April 11, EERI’s Younger Members Committee will host a full-day Early Career Training Workshop, sponsored by Computers and Structures, Inc. (CSI). The meeting will conclude with a Reconnaissance Training Workshop on Thursday, April 13, followed by an exciting Reconnaissance Field Exercise on Friday, April 14, supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Places in these workshops are limited, so register soon to secure your spot. Visit the meeting website to learn more, and register to attend via this link. Registration grant applications are due on February 1, and the early bird registration rate deadline is just a month away!

Ferndale Virtual Earthquake Clearinghouse Activation Ends

At 2:34 AM on December 20, 2022, a M6.4 earthquake struck offshore near Ferndale, California, causing damage to lifelines and structures in Humboldt County. As part of the Learning from Earthquakes program, EERI has been helping coordinate and share information about post-earthquake reconnaissance. On December 20th the California Earthquake Clearinghouse was activated for this event, and EERI established a virtual clearinghouse website for sharing reconnaissance data and observation.

After three clearinghouse briefing calls, each attended by at least 75 and as many as 120 participants representing over 70 different organizations, the clearinghouse was deactivated on January 6, 2023. Resources continue to be added to the website, and some EERI members will be continuing to visit the affected area for reconnaissance this month. Members who wish to share photos from the field should contact EERI for access and instructions. 

A Ferndale Earthquake Reconnaissance Briefing webinar will be held on February 8th or 9th to share observations and lessons from this earthquake. Save the date and look out for a registration email this week!

EERI’s post-earthquake reconnaissance work is made possible by funding through a cooperative agreement with FEMA under grant No.EMW-2022-CA-00004, LFE Endowment Fund Donors, and the support of EERI members like you.

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A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Baker Jack 500Jack Baker (M.EERI 2004), who took over as Editor-in-Chief of Earthquake Spectra on January 1, has shared a letter laying out his vision for the journal, which you can read in full on the EERI website: Why Choose Earthquake Spectra? Baker concludes,

Moving forward, I aim for Earthquake Spectra to continue growing its impact and reputation, and to serve our Institute as an author- and reader-friendly venue for disseminating ideas. Spectra needs your help to achieve these goals. First, we need your scholarship! Groundbreaking and impactful papers power this operation, so please send us your best work. I would be happy to discuss your ideas for papers, special collections, and general improvements to the journal. Second, we need your help reviewing manuscripts. Your fair and constructive feedback on submitted manuscripts is essential in helping authors improve their papers, and in ensuring that we publish only the highest quality work. And I know from years of experience that reviewing papers enhances my critical thinking skills and helps me become a more effective author. Please let us know via this form if you are interested in reviewing, and please take invitations to review as recognition of your expertise.

Together we can ensure that Earthquake Spectra continues its nearly 40-year tradition of serving the informational needs of the diverse professionals engaged in earthquake risk reduction. The journal is an essential part of EERI’s community, and I am grateful for your support as we continue to care for and advance its legacy.

Additionally, EERI and the Spectra editorial team wish to thank retiring Associate Editors Domniki Asimaki (M. EERI 2005), Kenneth Elwood (M.EERI 1994), Tara Hutchinson (M.EERI 1995), Michael O’Rourke, Mark D. Pedersen, and M. Saiid Saiidi (M.EERI 2021), as well as Past Editor Jonathan Stewart (M.EERI 1994). We welcome incoming Editor Helen Crowley (M.EERI 2008) and new Associate Editors Ana Acevedo, Svetlana Brzev (M.EERI 1995), Ashly Cabas (M.EERI 2013), Serena Cattari, Fatemeh Jalayer, David Lallemant (M.EERI 2022), Jorge Macedo (M.EERI 2021), Carlos Molina Hutt (M.EERI 2021), and Eric Thompson (M.EERI 2005).

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Quick Quake Briefing: Indonesia M5.6 Cianjur Earthquake of 21 November 2022

Thursday February 16, 2023 (Tentative)
5:00-6:00 PM Pacific Time

Cianjur earthquake damage

The EERI Northern California Regional Chapter is hosting a FREE webinar on the M5.6 earthquake that struck West Java in Indonesia.

The earthquake struck near Cianjur in West Java. Between 330 and 640 people died, and over 7,700 were injured. More than 63,000 homes were damaged across the region. The earthquake was strongly felt in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, over 100 km (63 mi) to the North. It is the deadliest earthquake to hit Indonesia since the 2018 Sulawesi earthquake.

Damage evaluated after the quake indicated a maximum Modified Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). According to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), the earthquake had a strike-slip focal mechanism at a depth of 11 km (7 mi), classifying it as a shallow event. Despite the moderate size of the earthquake, its shallow depth caused strong shaking. The National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure (BNPB) described the damage to homes and buildings as "massive."

Two speakers will be joining us from Indonesia. Confirmation of the date and a registration link will be shared by email and in the next issue of Pulse.

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Regional Chapters

Ken Elwood Lecture Tour: San Diego and Berkeley

Ken Elwood DLThis month, 2022 Distinguished Lecturer Ken Elwood (M.EERI 1994) is visiting several regional and student chapters on the West Coast of North America to present his lecture “From Ductility to Repairability: Evolution of Building Design in the Wake of the Christchurch Earthquake.” Last week, Professor Elwood spoke in Vancouver, BC, hosted by the British Columbia Regional Chapter, in Seattle, WA, hosted by the Washington Regional Chapter, and in Corvallis, OR,, hosted by the Oregon State University Student Chapter.

This week he will present his lecture in San Diego and Berkeley. Both events are free and open to the public. See below for details.

San Diego, CA, co-hosted by the San Diego Regional Chapter and the UC San Diego Student Chapter
Date and Time: Tuesday, January 17, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST
Location: University of California San Diego, SME 248 
9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093 
Register here

Berkeley, CA, hosted by the Northern California Regional Chapter and the UC Berkeley Student Chapter
Date and Time: Thursday, January 19, 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: 534 Davis Hall, University of California Berkeley 
Directions to Davis Hall here


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NHERI Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program

Each summer, eleven NHERI experimental engineering and social science sites fund 33 undergraduate students from various undergraduate degrees (engineering, architecture, sciences, computer science, social science, etc.) to participate in undergraduate natural hazards research. NHERI offers research experiences for undergraduates which focus on mitigating natural hazards specific to earthquake, wind, tsunami, coastal engineering, data management, cyberinfrastructure, post-reconnaissance, simulation, and social science research. 

The application deadline is Friday, February 10, 2023. More information, and the application, can be found at the NHERI REU website here.

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Kinemetrics Event: Virtual Antelope User Group Meeting 2023

Kinemetrics and Boulder Real Time Technologies (BRTT) are hosting a Virtual Antelope User Group Meeting on January 18th and 19th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time. There will be 8 presentations across the two-day event, each with a question and answer period following the presentation.

If you would like the chance to hear more about the Antelope Environmental Monitoring System from a diverse group of experts, be sure to register to attend! More information about speakers and presentations is available at the registration link here.

David Wald to Give Shah Distinguished Lecture at Stanford University

On January 25, 2023, Dr. David Wald (M.EERI 1998) will present an update to his Joyner Lecture on “Exploring the Future of Earthquake Shaking and Impact Estimation” in the Shah Family Fund Distinguished Lecture Series at Stanford University The lecture will feature a combined seismological and earthquake engineering view of future earthquake response and recovery, where the initial impact estimates—as well as secondary hazards—are rapidly supplemented with crowd-sourced and remotely sensed observations that are integrated holistically for more a more accurate view of the consequences.

The lecture will be held on the Stanford Campus in the Hauck Auditorium of the Traitel Building at 4:30 PM, with a pre-lecture reception starting at 3:30 PM.  The lecture is free and open to the public. More details are available at the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center website here.

Mason Walters to give Blume Distinguished Lecture at Stanford University

On February 15, 2023, Mason Walters (M.EERI 1994) will present a lecture on “Evolution of Seismic Isolation Applications in Structural Engineering” in the J.A. Blume Distinguished Lecture Series at Stanford University The lecture will illustrate the evolution of application of seismic isolation in structural engineering practice, and to highlight some of the significant technical challenges encountered - and creative solutions developed - in implementing this innovative technology.

The lecture will be held on the Stanford Campus in the Mackenzie Room 300 of the Huang Engineering Building at 4:30 PM, with a pre-lecture reception starting at 3:30 PM. The lecture is free and open to the public. More details are available at the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center website here.

Online Workshop on Directivity-Based Probabilistic Seismic Hazard for California

The UCLA Natural Hazard & Resilience Research Center (NHR3) is hosting a free online workshop on Thursday, February 23 from 10:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time to present the Directivity-Based probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA) results for California. An independent state-wide probabilistic seismic hazard analysis was conducted for California with and without current directivity models using UCERF3 as the seismic source. A total of 19,316 sites were used in the seismic hazard analysis. At each site, PSHA was conducted for multiple Vs30 values (ranging from 180m/s to 1100m/s), as well as the estimated site-specific Vs30 values. The results of this study have been processed, combined, and are available for public access. A set of interactive tools has been developed. The Directivity-Based PSHA Interactive Tool interpolates the state-wide PSHA results to provide uniform-hazard spectra with and without directivity, as well as for the directivity adjustment factors, at a user-specified location, Vs30, and return period.

The project will be introduced by the Principal Investigator of the project, Prof. Yousef Bozorgnia, and the methodology and results of the study will be presented by Dr. Linda Al Atik, Dr. Nick Gregor, and Dr. Silvia Mazzoni. Register here to attend via Zoom. 

2023 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series

Lehigh University's Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series honors Dr. Khan's legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture. All members of the campus, community and those at a distance are invited to attend these lectures. For more information about the lecture series, visit the website here. Participants who wish to join via Zoom must register at the links below for each lecture.

Next Generation Hazard Resilient Infrastructure
Tom O'Rourke (M.EERI 1980)
Thomas R Briggs Professor of Engineering Emeritus, Cornell University
Friday, February 24, 2023: Register here

Working Structures
Guy Nordenson
Partner, Guy Nordenson and Associates; Professor of Architecture and Structural Engineering, Princeton University
Friday, March 31, 2023: Register here

Next Generation Urban Transportation, Urban Living, and the Role of Tall Buildings
Kumares Sinha
Edgar B and Hedwig M Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University
Friday, April 28, 2023: Register here

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Subscribing Member Spotlight


DegenkolbDegenkolb Engineers is a longtime EERI Platinum-Level Subscribing Member and a Sustainer-level donor of the EERI Learning from Earthquakes Endowment Fund. Founded in 1940, Degenkolb's practice reflects more than eight decades of commitment to technical expertise, exceptional client service through close collaboration, and life-long learning. Our employees are passionate about working in collaborative environments which help our healthcare, education, advanced technology, construction, and existing building clients achieve outstanding project results. The firm is committed to helping institutions and individuals recover after disaster and build resilient communities. Its innovative award-winning structural designs have saved clients hundreds of millions of dollars. The firm pioneers first of its kind engineering including the recent first instance of viscous wall dampers in the United States at CPMC Van Ness & Geary Hospital and the first US based tsunami evacuation center in the state of Washington.


KinemetricsSince 1969, Kinemetrics and its subsidiaries continue to lead the global market in designing technologies, products, and solutions for monitoring earthquakes and their effects on people and structures. Today, Kinemetrics continues to lead the seismic industry’s vision of earthquake resilience by delivering results that reinforce saving lives and operational continuity initiatives. Don’t miss the upcoming Virtual Antelope User Group Meeting hosted by Kinemetrics and Boulder Real Time Technologies (BRTT) on January 18th and 19th! View the speakers and register to attend here.

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