About Reconnaissance


The ability to make observations rapidly and precisely following a disaster has long been recognized as critical to providing intelligence for emergency response activities in the short term and improving the understanding of natural hazards in the long term. Participating in tsunami and earthquake reconnaissance is a vivid reminder of why we are actively engaged in earthquake engineering and risk management.

In 1973, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) formally initiated the Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) Program. This program, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, sends out multi-disciplinary teams of researchers (e.g., earth scientists, engineers, social scientists) into the field to investigate and to learn from the damaging effects of earthquakes and tsunamis. The reconnaissance team makes a rapid, general damage survey of the affected area, documents initial important observations from the tsunami and/or earthquake, and assesses the need for follow-up areas of research.

For the Iquique, Chile Earthquake, the EERI has not deployed a team itself, but is working in close collaboration with local EERI members and colleagues in Chile and the surrounding region.

EERI members and other investigators are encouraged to post brief observations and photos from the field as well as link to websites maintained by these organizations where more detailed information can be found.