Our objective is to promote international cooperation among scientists, engineers and other professionals in the broad field of earthquake engineering through interchange of knowledge, ideas, results of research and practical experience.

Recently Published EESD Papers
National Geophysical Data Center

A worldwide compilation of earthquakes and their magnitudes, losses, and references for information from ancient times to the near present.

United States Geological Survey

Up to the minute reports of worldwide earthquakes, with maps, estimates of affected local area, seismological information, and other data. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Reconnaissance reports from recent earthquakes.

The August 24 , 2016 M 6.8 - Myanmar Earthquake
A detrimental earthquake of 6.8 magnitude hit the central area of Myanmar, 30 km far from the town of Bagan. The site was famous for hosting more than 2500 ancient temples and more than 180 pagodas were destroyed. At least one person was killed and different people were injured. Tremors were also felt as far away as Thailand, Bangladesh and India. The IAEE offers our deep sympathy to the Myanmar country for all the lost and to all people that were affected by the earthquake.

- IAEE Central Office

August 28, 2016

The August 24 , 2016 M 6.0 - Rieti Earthquake, Italy
A M6.2 earthquake struck a string of hill towns across the central area of Italy. The mainshock was recorded close to Rieti, 200 km from the capital Rome, and it was followed by more than 39 shocks with magnitude between 3.0 and 5.5. The death toll rises to more than 280. The most affected were histric towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto. Deep damages were reported to structures, infrastructures and hospitals and a large number of people have been evacuated. This earthquake has been declared as the largest earthquake in Italy since L'Aquila earthquake in 2009. The IAEE offers our deep condolences and sympathy to all people that were affected by the earthquake.

- IAEE Central Office

August 25, 2016

The April 16, 2016 M 7.8 - Ecuador Earthquake, Ecuador
A M7.8 earthquake occurred 170 km far from the capital city Quito. The earthquake struck mainly the cost southeast of Muisne, in the Esmerald provinces, including the largest port city, Santiago de Guayaquil. Widespread damages were reported in structures and infrastructures and a large number of casualties and injuries occurred. The IAEE officers addresses our deep condolences and sympathy to those affected by the earthquake.

- IAEE Central Office

April 22, 2016

The April 14-16, 2016 M 7.0 - Kumamoto Earthquake, Japan
The two major earthquakes, Mw6.2 foreshock on April 14 and Mw7.0 mainshock on APril 16, hit the east of Kumamoto city in Kyushu Island, southwest of Japan. More than 10,000 housings and buildings, and the Kumamoto castle suffered severe damage by the strong ground motions. More than 44,000 people have been evacuated and around 1,200 injuries and 50 fatalities have been reported (as of April 22). The IAEE addresses our sincere condolences and deep sympathy to those affected by the earthquake.

- IAEE Central Office

April 22, 2016

The February 5, 2016 M6.4 - 28km NE of Pingtung, Taiwan
The M6.4 earthquake occurred approximately 30 km northeast of Pingtung City in southern Taiwan. The worst affected city was Tainan, where several hundreds damaged buildings are reported. Most of fatalities and injuries concentrated on the collapse site of a 17-story apartment building where more than a hundred people were trapped inside. The IAEE offers deepest condolences and sympathy to those affected by the earthquake.

- IAEE Central Office

NARLabs, an independent non-profit institute consisted of several national laboratories in Taiwan, summarized a brief report of the earthquake and the resulting damage.

The pdf version of the report is available from the link below.
February 6, 2016 (local time) ML-6.4 Meinong Earthquake Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

- IAEE National Delegate, Prof. Shyh-Jiann Hwang of National Taiwan University

February 8, 2016

Invitation on 3rd International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Mitigation -2016 - Indoneisa

Indonesian Earthquake Engineering Association (IEEA) and Udayana University (UNUD)-Bali hold the 3rd International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Mitigation on 1-2 August, 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.

Please check the leaflet below for the first annuncement and call for abstracts.

the 3rd International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Mitigation

- IAEE Central Office

December 10, 2015

Updates on the 16th World Conference of Earthquake Engineering (16WCEE) in Santiago, Chile.

The deadline for the abstract submission is extended to October 15th.
Please find the key dates of 16WCEE in the following website.


- IAEE Central Office

September 15, 2015

The April 25, 2015 M 7.8 Nepal Earthquake
The earthquake occurred approximately 80 km to the northwest of the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu at shallow depths. A large number of fatalities and injuries, and wide-spread damage to infrastructure, buildings and historic monuments have been reported in Nepal and its neighboring regions. The IAEE offers our deepest condolences and sympathy to those affected by the devastating earthquake.

- IAEE Central Office

April 26, 2015

President's Message

Colleagues, Affiliate Members and Friends of IAEE,

As the president of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) I want to call upon all of us involved in earthquake risk reduction to come forward and help millions of people in the world who are exposed to seismic risk. IAEE's activities are intended to protect the lives of those millions of people. We do this by promoting international cooperation among scientists and engineers who are working in the field of earthquake engineering and earthquake risk reduction, through the exchange of technical knowledge, ideas, research results and hands-on field experiences. From the beginning of this association its scope has not been confined to one area of technology but has included various professional disciplines who are engaged with the many aspects of seismic risk, and who can help to mitigate losses due to earthquakes. These include engineering practitioners and researchers (civil, structural, mechanical, and geotechnical), architects and urban planners, earth scientists (geologists, geophysicists, seismologists), public officials, and, increasingly, social scientists.

IAEE celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2012. The conceptual ground for the organization was broken during the second world conference in Tokyo in 1960; two years later our charter was adopted, the central office began to function, and the first officers assumed their jobs. In the past fifty years, significant research and development in earthquake engineering has taken place, and advanced tools now exist to help us understand earthquakes and their effects. Yet, much remains to be done to actually reduce the risk associated with earthquakes, particularly for those of us living in developing countries with a very vulnerable building stock and infrastructure. As an association our target is earthquake, and now tsunami risk mitigation. We recognize that this risk reduction cannot be accomplished by us as scientists and engineers, working only with each other, but requires the broad vision and societal consensus-building that policymakers and political leaders can bring to the problem. We need to broaden the discussion to include these other stakeholders and learn best how we can discuss earthquake safety in the context of many other pressing societal issues.

IAEE is now a not-for-profit society recognized in Tokyo, where our central office is situated in accordance to Japanese law. In addition to the organization of a world conference every four years, we have several other activities of note:

- We have placed the proceedings of all fifteen world conferences on earthquake engineering, many long out of print, on our web site for anyone to download and use free of charge.

- Our official journal, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, has maintained its leading position among similar peer-reviewed journals.

- We continue our partnership with the World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI), an undertaking of the Association, and a non-profit, non-governmental venture acting as a catalyst to help improve earthquake risk management strategies in the developing countries.

- We are partners with EERI in the development and management of the World Housing Encyclopedia, a practical tool for understanding the seismic vulnerability of many types of residential buildings worldwide.

The Fifteenth World Conference in Lisbon during September 24-28, 2012 was a masterful conference, organized by the Portuguese Association for Earthquake Engineering (SPES). They rightfully deserve our sincere thanks for the wonderfully executed program they offered us. And now we look towards Chile. In January 2017, we will travel to the wonderfully vibrant country that hosted the 4WCEE in 1969. I invite you all to attend. The World Conference is a unique opportunity to learn from each other, to convey to our peers our own knowledge, and to compare notes, build professional networks and socialize as we do all that. A World Conference on Earthquake Engineering is the showcase of the state of the art in the slow but inexorable push toward reducing global seismic risk.

On behalf of the family of national organizations that comprise IAEE I greet you with respect and look forward to working with you.

- Sudhir K. Jain, President

March, 2015

The Passing of Nigel Priestley

One of earthquake engineering's leading lights of the past several decades, Nigel Priestley, has passed away. The notice from the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering is reproduced here. It is with deep sadness that I inform you Professor Nigel Priestley passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 23, 2014 in Christchurch, surrounded by his wife and children, after a long battle with cancer. Nigel revolutionised the design of structures to resist earthquakes and made everlasting impact on the higher education for earthquake engineers in NZ, US and Europe. Nigel received numerous honours for his immense contribution to the science and art of Earthquake engineering. Amongst these, it include honorary doctorates from ETH, Zurich and Cujo Argentina; Nigel was a Distinguished Fellow of IPENZ, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM), and a Life Member and a past President of the Society (1985-1986).

More information:


- Quincy Ma, NZSEE President

January 23, 2015

Obituary for Professor Nigel Priestley

- Gregory MacRae, IAEE National Delegate of New Zealand, with much help from friends and colleagues in New Zealand and elsewhere

February 9, 2015

Six scientists in Italy cleared of conviction for having falsely reassuring information before L'Aquila earthquake
IAEE and member national organizations have been supporting the six scientists accused of having falsely reassuring information before L'Aquila earthquake. We sincerely welcome to see convictions overturned in a higher court. Note that the prosecutors can still seek to have a fresh appeal to Italy's supreme court.

- IAEE Central Office

December 21-25, 2014

The Republic of Costa Rica Joins IAEE as the Newest Member Country.

Following a formal application for membership by la Asociacion Costarricense de Ingenieria Estructural y Sismica (ACIES), the IAEE Executive Committee has resolved to accept Costa Rica as its newest Member Country. We welcome our Costa Rican colleagues into the Association. With this addition, IAEE now has reached 58 members.

- IAEE Central Office

July 9, 2014

THE IAEE AT FIFTY is now available online.

THE IAEE AT FIFTY: A Brief History of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering By Polat Gulkan and Robert Reitherman, September 2012

But disaster pursues us. It pursues us with a step as steady as time, and an appetite as keen as death.

- Lord Beaverbrook

1. Introduction
2. A Half-Century of Perspective
3. Seismic Safety: Our Common, Elusive Goal
4. An Overview of the Establishment and Development of IAEE
5. World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI) and Other Global Programs
6. The World Conferences on Earthquake Engineering
7. Conclusion
Appendix 1
Prehistory of IAEE (1960 through 1963)
Appendix 2
Officers of IAEE from 1963
Appendix 3
Member Countries of IAEE as of 2012
Link to PDF file

Welcome from the Secretary General
The International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) was established in February 1963 with its Central Office in Tokyo. The IAEE aims to promote international cooperation among scientists and engineers in the field of earthquake engineering through interchange of knowledge, ideas, and results of research and practical experience. The aim has been achieved mainly by holding the World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE) every four years. The most recent 15th WCEE was held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2012. The 15th WCEE attracted more than 3,000 participants from all over the world. And the 16th WCEE will be held in Santiago, Chile, in January, 2017. [more]
The papers from 15WCEE are now available online.

The electric copies of the 3345 papers presented in the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Lisbon, Portugal, 2012 are posted online (http://www.nicee.org/wcee/). The 15th WCEE provided a unique opportunity to establish synergies between participants from different engineering areas and from such varied fields as earth sciences, economics and social sciences, and contributed to a global effort of the scientific and technical community towards a safer world in what regards the earthquake risk.

Special thanks go to a digital archiving project of the WCEE proceedings.

The Joseph Penzien Memorial Fund

A fellowship fund has been established in the name of Joseph Penzien to fund and support graduate engineering students enrolled in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated financial need and have chosen the field of structural engineering and structural mechanics. The goal is to raise $500,000 to qualify for a named graduate fellowship. [more]