EERI Reconnaissance Team to Ecuador

May 6, 2016 by  
Filed under EERI Response

On May 8, 2016, an EERI team will begin a reconnaissance mission in Ecuador to investigate damage, response, and recovery in the aftermath of that country’s M7.8 earthquake of April 16, 2016.

The team will be led by Forrest Lanning (M. EERI, 2009) from Miyamoto International. Lanning is a current EERI Housner Fellow based in Costa Rica working on a USAID-funded project on earthquake preparedness in Costa Rica and Colombia. Team members will include Ana (Gabby) Haro (M. EERI, 2014), PhD student in Civil Engineering at North Carolina State, Mei Kuen Liu, Senior Engineer with Forell/Elsesser, Arturo Schultz (M. EERI, 1986), professor of Civil Engineering at University of Minnesota, and Adrian Tola (M. EERI, 2015), PhD student in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. Héctor Monzón Despang (M. EERI, 1988) and Alberto José Monzón Posadas (M. EERI, 2012), two members of the Asociación Guatemalteca de Ingeniería Estructural y Sísmica (AGIES) from Guatemala will travel with the team in Ecuador.

The EERI reconnaissance mission will be based in Manta, and from there travel to affected towns for observations and meetings with government officials and local organizations. The team will coordinate observations and activities with reconnaissance efforts organized by GEER, Degenkolb, Build Change, EEFIT, Technalia, and other teams.

Questions about EERI’s response to the Ecuador earthquake and the Learning from Earthquakes program may be directed to interim LFE program manager Marjorie Greene at


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