How to Contribute

EERI members and other earthquake risk reduction professionals can contribute to reconnaissance efforts for this earthquake in the following ways:

1. Curate Topical Information

Volunteer to be a Clearinghouse Curator that gathers and gleans information from media reports and technical resources into curated summaries. Well-crafted summaries are expected to glean information interesting EERI members, help inform reconnaissance activities, identify impacted regions, and document the timeline of earthquake response/recovery. Summaries will be posted as Curated Topics. Anyone interested in helping to curate a topic should look at Curation Instructions.

2. Inform EERI of your reconnaissance plans

If you will be participating as a part of a reconnaissance mission, recovery mission, or traveling to the impacted area for any other purpose, please contact Heidi Tremayne ( to inform her of your timeline and travel details.  EERI can help link you to others in the field, support you in efforts to share photos or observations, and connect you with  the EERI team (if one is mobilized).

3. Share media articles, technical info, and/or research topics with a Curator

Technical resources, such as Field observation reports and technical literature about regional earthquake risk, are extremely useful in informing reconnaissance efforts. Media reports can also be used to glean information about areas with damage.  Relevant resources should be sent to our Clearinghouse Curators so they can post to their Curated Topics summaries.  Curators will also be posting ideas for research topics or ideas of what reconnaissance teams should investigate.  See what resources and ideas are already available and find contact information for each curation team at the Curated Topics web page or email ideas to

4. Contribute Photos and Notes

There are several ways that you can contribute to our data collection effort.  (A) Contribute relevant pre-event images of the impacted area to provide baseline data for locations that field teams should visit to observe impacts; (B) Geolocate images from media reports to inform reconnaissance team of places with damage (or good performance) where field observations by experts would be valuable; or (C) contribute post-earthquake field observations. Visit the Contribute Photos and Notes page to learn how to share your photos and notes. Once reconnaissance teams and others  begin to share their photos and observations, they will also be shown on the virtual clearinghouse Maps and Photos page.  All submissions will help inform both reconnaissance and recovery efforts.

Other Ways to Contribute

Earthquake investigators are encouraged to contact EERI Clearinghouse staff at if they have suggestions about how they can contribute to this clearinghouse effort.