EERI Sends Reconnaissance Team to Oklahoma

November 14, 2016 by  
Filed under EERI Response

EERI sent a multidisciplinary reconnaissance team to study impacts of the M5.0 earthquake near Cushing, Oklahoma on November 7.  The team will be in the field from Monday November 14 – Wednesday November 16, 2016. Team members include:

  • Jim Taylor, EERI Team Leader, Technical Manager at ABS Consulting (M. EERI, 2009)
  • Mehmet Celebi, Sr. Research Civil Engineer at USGS (M. EERI, 1980)
  • Alex Greer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Oklahoma State (M. EERI, 2016)
  • Ezra Jampole, Associate at Exponent (M. EERI, 2012)
  • Armin Masroor, Senior Analyst at Arup (M. EERI, 2009)
  • Steven Melton, Graduate Research Assistant at Oklahoma State
  • Derek Norton, Graduate Research Assistant at Oklahoma State
  • Nicole Paul Structural Analyst / Risk Consultant at Arup (M. EERI, 2016)
  • Evan Wilson, Engineer II at ABS Consulting
  • Yu Xiao, Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University (M. EERI, 2011)

The team’s technical objectives for this reconnaissance effort include:

  1. Document ephemeral damage to the built environment as well as relevant examples of pre-event mitigation success.
  2. Observe business resilience by implementing a business survey that was initially developed for and deployed following the South Napa earthquake.
  3. Identify any school damage and explore earthquake response strategies, risk understanding, and mitigation plans for schools.
  4. Document how induced seismicity in the region has lead to changes in mitigation, response, and recovery approaches.

In addition to the technical objectives listed above, the team was designed to provide training and mentorship opportunities for several EERI young members – while partnering with local colleagues to understand the unique regional perspective.

Team observations, photos, and reports will be posted at the virtual clearinghouse website that combines observations from the earthquake and the M5.8 earthquake near Pawnee, Oklahoma on September 3, 2016.


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