Curated Topics

Clearinghouse curators are responsible for gathering and gleaning information from media reports and other technical sources into curated summaries that help inform reconnaissance activities, identify impacted regions, and help document the timeline of earthquake response/recovery. They may also serve to pose interesting research questions related to the topic area, or attempt to answer relevant research questions applicable to observed earthquake impacts.

Volunteer curators are currently being sought to address any of the following topic areas or preliminary research questions. See the sections below for instructions on how to volunteer and for curator instructions. Curators interested in suggesting their own topic are also welcome!


  1. How effective were the tsunami warning and evacuation procedures implemented after the earthquake? Did the procedures vary by region? Were there tsunami evacuation lessons or best practices that can be shared with other regions and countries?
  2. Were any land use planning strategies implemented after the 2010 Maule Chile earthquake tested by this earthquake and tsunami? What was the outcome? Will there be any changes to these practices based on lessons learned in this earthquake?
  3. Considering the history of earthquakes impacting the City of Valparaiso in 1985, 2010 and this earthquake, is there evidence of improved earthquake performance of buildings and infrastructure due to policies and building codes designed to “build back better” or respond to lessons learned from these earlier earthquakes?
  4. Did any other past natural hazards (like the 2014 Valparaiso fire) exasperate earthquake impacts or damage? Did these events lead to improved performance due to any mitigation measures enacted?
  5. How did the ground shaking, earthquake impacts or tsunami impacts compare to those from in 1985 and 2010 earthquakes?


  1. Ground Motions
    Curator: Ericson Encina Zuniga, PhD Student at University of Auckland, New Zealand
  2. Ground Failure
    Curator: Manny Hakhamaneshi, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Sheffield, UK
  3. Dams and Levees
    Curator: Ezra Jampole, PhD Student at Stanford University, and Matt Bandelt, Assistant Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  4. Roads and Bridges
    Curators: Orlando Arroyo Amell and Tamara Cabrera, Graduate Students at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  5. Tsunami Impacts
  6. Housing
    Curator: Juan Carlos Obando Fuertes, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  7. Hospitals
    Curator: Alvaro Celestino, Associate S.E., Degenkolb Engineers
  8. Schools
    Curator: Erica Fischer, Design Engineer, Degenkolb Engineers
  9. Reinforced Concrete Buildings
    Curator: Ana Gabriela Haro, Graduate Student at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh
  10. Emergency Response
    Curator: Ezra Jampole, PhD Student at Stanford University, and Matt Bandelt, Assistant Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  11. Rail and Transit Networks
  12. Utilities
  13. Fire
  14. Heritage and Historic Buildings
  15. Nonstructural Damage
  16. Social Impacts
  17. Communications
  18. Economic and Business Impacts

Volunteer to be a Clearinghouse Curator

Serving as a Clearinghouse Curator should be interesting, will provide you professional exposure, and it may also open up future opportunities for involvement. Curators will be given name recognition for their topics on the virtual clearinghouse website. Serving as a Clearinghouse Curator will also help provide a pathway to consideration on future reconnaissance efforts, and possible follow up studies for this earthquake.

Curators are expected to create 1-3 posts within approximately one month of this earthquake, depending on the amount of information available or insights to share with the EERI membership.

Each post will take approximately one to three hours to prepare and post.  The time commitment for each individual curator may reduced by sharing the load with a co-curator and recruiting other topic team members to help.

Interested individuals should contact to volunteer.  Your email should state which topic you are interested in curating (and a back-up topic if you have one), your full name, and your affiliation.  Please include the following text as your email subject line: “Interested in volunteering as a Clearinghouse Curator for {enter topic name}.”

Those who are already curators for a topic can find the instructions here.