Call for Applicants: Italy Earthquake Reconnaissance Mission

August 31, 2016  
Filed under EERI Response

EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) Executive Committee seeks applicants for a reconnaissance team of EERI members with knowledge, experience, and interest in the area of the M6.2 earthquake that struck near Norcia, Italy, on August 24, 2016. An applicant’s Italian fluency and ability...


Emergency Response topics curated by Laura Whitehurst

August 30, 2016  
Filed under Curated Topics, Emergency Response

Laura Whitehurst, PE, SE, LEED AP BD+C, of Walter P Moore in San Francisco, will be curating the Emergency Response postings for this virtual clearinghouse.  Whitehurst was the co-curator of the Schools topic of EERI’s virtual clearinghouse for the 2015 Nepal earthquake.  She has experience...


Early Response

August 30, 2016  
Filed under Curated Topics, Emergency Response

by Laura Whitehurst, SE (Walter P Moore and Associates) The Italian Red Cross have been supporting the early response effort by providing search and rescue assistance, first aid, and mobile kitchens. Per ARRL (National Association for Amateur Radio), Italian radio amateurs have been assisting in the...


Resources on Masonry Housing in Rural Italy from the World Housing Encyclopedia

August 30, 2016  
Filed under Housing

By Ezra Jampole and Sahar Derakhshan The World Housing Encyclopedia provides technical information on the types, engineering, behavior during earthquakes, and retrofit strategies for housing around the world. Numerous resources existed prior to the August 24, 2016 Norcia, Italy Earthquake regarding masonry-type...


Damage Photos from the August 24, 2016 Amatrice, Italy M6.2 Earthquake

August 30, 2016  
Filed under Housing

by Ezra Jampole and Sahar Derakhshan   Amatrice Aerial view of Amatrice. New areas are relatively unscathed compared to the history center. Source: Gregorio Borigo / AP. Overhead view of Amatrice. Source: Gregorio Borigo / AP. Overhead view of Amatrice. Source: CNN. Birds Eye View of Amatrice....


Overview of damage to housing after the August 24, 2016 Amatrice, Italy Earthquake

August 30, 2016  
Filed under Housing

By Ezra Jampole and Sahar Derakhshan At 3:30 AM local time on August 24, 2016 the M6.2 Amatrice, Italy Earthquake hit the center of the nation. The towns of Accumoli, Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto, and Arquata del Tronto were badly affected [BBC]. Over 290 people were killed, the majority in Amatrice,...


Ezra Jampole and Sahar Derakhshan Curating Housing Topic

August 30, 2016  
Filed under Housing

Ezra Jampole and Sahar Derakhshan will be co-curating the housing topic of EERI’s Clearinghouse on the Amatrice, Italy earthquake. Ezra is an Associate at Exponent with a background in earthquake engineering; Sahar is a Research Assistant at the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute (HVRI)...


Hospital and School Damage

Erica C. Fischer, Ph.D., P.E., Degenkolb Engineers Media coverage has reported damage to the hospital in Amatrice due to the earthquake. The NY Times reported that that the hospital had to be evacuated; however, patients were not injured. The elementary school in Amatrice was also damaged during the...


Erica Fischer posting about hospitals and schools

August 29, 2016  
Filed under Hospitals

Erica C. Fischer, Ph.D., P.E., Degenkolb Engineers Erica Fischer will be curating the topic about damage of hospitals and schools within the Norcia region of Italy. Erica is a Design Engineer at Degenkolb Engineers in Seattle, WA. She is also the head of the Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT)...


M6.2 Earthquake in Norcia, Italy

August 25, 2016  
Filed under EERI Response

Source: CNN On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, a M6.2 earthquake struck 10 km southeast of Norcia, Italy. The EERI community extends its sympathy to the victims as rescue and relief work continues. EERI is currently monitoring the situation through colleagues in the area, and will decide the best course...