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Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics

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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.

President's Message - Serving as "Connection"

Colleagues, Affiliate Members and Friends of IAEE,

On June 18, 2018, I assumed the position of the fifteenth President of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE). I feel much honored to have been elected to this prestigious position, and shall work to my best to promote the sustainable development of IAEE. The utmost mission of IAEE is to provide an international forum in which people with various kinds of expertise convene and discuss issues in the mitigation of earthquake-related disasters. Traditionally, IAEE activities have been energized by engineering practitioners and researchers (civil, structural, mechanical, and geotechnical) and earth scientists (geologists, geophysicists, seismologists). In recent years, the involvement of architects, urban planners, public officials, and social scientists have increased, creating a more multidisciplinary IAEE.

IAEE was founded in 1963. Since that time, IAEE has continued to grow, and as of today, a total of 59 countries and regions are registered in IAEE. Once every four years, IAEE organizes the World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE) at various cities around the world. The last one (the Sixteenth WCEE, called 16WCEE) was held at Santiago, Chile, on January 2017, where 3,000 people registered for the conference. 15WCEE, which was organized four year before 16WCEE, was held at Lisbon, Portugal, on September 2012, where 2,300 people registered. For nearly 60 years, WCEE has been one of the largest technical/professional gatherings and continues to serve as "Connection" among the stakeholders in relevant disciplines as well as people with diverse backgrounds in culture, religion, and social structure.

Our globe is experiencing an explosive increase in population combined with rapid development and urbanization due to growing economic activities. We now face the ultimate question of how to ensure the sustainable development of the human sphere, in which the threat of earthquake disasters is one of the most critical problems to resolve on a global scale. We shall not overlook the reality that the densification of our cities and towns, which occurs as a result of such development and urbanization, makes our society more and more vulnerable against earthquake disasters. To overcome this vulnerability, we must invent novel solutions, and to this end, expend a more interdisciplinary effort, in which new disciplines are forged through collective, integral efforts among diverse genres. It is also notable that we shall further a transdisciplinary attitude, in which linkage with the real world is appreciated, so that solutions reach the society in a most effective and timely manner. IAEE wishes to serve as "Connection" among people and genres to make our efforts more interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary.

Human factors are naturally influential in the understanding and promotion of efforts that seek for the mitigation of earthquake-related disasters. Learning from the past and reflecting it to the present and future are important. IAEE regards it as its duty to ensure "Connection" among the past, present, and future and to secure the transfer of knowledge across generations. IAEE is currently preparing for a new initiative that can assist such efforts, and will present it soon in detail.

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

- Masayoshi Nakashima, President

December, 2018

2019 The Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering (PCEE)

The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) and the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society will host the 11th PCEE in Auckland, New Zealand from 4-6 April 2019. The 11PCEE will also be the NZSEE annual conference for 2019. Please see the conference website for further information.


- IAEE central office

October 10, 2018

The 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

The website for the 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering is now open. The next conferene will be held at Sendai International Center, Sendai, Japan on September 14-18, 2020.

You can download the 1st Circular from http://www.17wcee.jp/conference.html
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The subscription of the news letters can be applied from https://goo.gl/28dVEz

Please click the banner and visit the official website for more information.

- IAEE central office

September 27, 2018

Obituary of Professor Mete A. Sözen
Professor Mete A. Sozen, Karl H. Kettelhut Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, passed away on April 4th, 2018. Professor Sozen graduated from Robert College, Turkey in 1951 and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana?Champaign in 1957.

He educated and inspired a large number of students and young researchers, many of whom have since become leaders of our community. He served actively on the development of professional design codes and earthquake-resistant design methodology for reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. In recognition of his distinctive achievement in earthquake engineering, he was elected as an honorary member of IAEE (http://iaee.or.jp/organization/honorary_members.html).

His tremendous contribution to our community of earthquake and structural engineering will be remembered. Hereby, we would like to show our sincere condolence and appreciation to Professor Sozen.

The following letter is a collection of personal remembrance assembled by the former president of IAEE, Prof. Polat Gülkan.

Mete A. Sözen: A Collection of Personal Remembrances

- IAEE central office and Polat Gülkan

April 6, 2018

Mr. A. Ali Moinfar has passed away
We are deeply grieved to inform the international community of earthquake engineers that Mr. A. Ali Moinfar, one of Iranian pioneers in earthquake engineering and a former member of IAEE executive committe. He is a recipient of Man of the Year 2012, Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association.

- IAEE Central Office

January 10, 2018

12th General Assembly of Asian Seismological Commission
The mentioned assembly will be held in Chendu, China from 12th to 14th of May, 2018 as a part of the international conference for the decade memory of the 2008 Wenchen Earthquake. We can find the sessions of ACES (APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation) and SCEC (Southern California Earthquake Center) in parallel with 12th ASC. Important Information:

Financial Support Application Deadline: Dec. 30, 2017.
Paper Submission Deadline : Jan. 30, 2018.
Early Bird Registration Deadline : Mar. 01, 2018.

Please visit http://www.4thicce.com/ for more detailed information.

The following allows you direct access to the session & program. http://www.4thicce.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=lists&catid=3

Please visit HP of Asian Seismological Commission, too. http://www.asc-iaspei.org/

- IAEE Central Office

December 25, 2017

Announcement of the International Conference for the Decade Memory of the Great Wenchuan Earthquake
International Conference for the Decade Memory of the Great Wenchuan Earthquake (Ms 8.0) will be held on May 12-14, 2018, in Chengdu, China. The conference is organized by China Earthquake Administration in collaboration with several national and international organizations such as IASPEI, UNISDR, IAEE, ISC, ASC, ACES and NSFC. For the detailed information, please visit . the website http://www.4thicce.com

- IAEE Central Office

December 1, 2017

Publication of Spanish version of the oral histories of Robert Park and Thomas Paulay
Due to the efforts of Professor Carlos Llopiz at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, the oral history volume on Robert Park and Thomas Paulay published by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering has been translated into Spanish. It is available as a freely downloaded pdf at:

The translation was done by Claudia Llopiz, and EERI member Professor Jose Restrepo of the University of California at San Diego provided editorial oversight. The team at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo is now at work in translating the EERI oral history on Vitelmo Bertero, which will be announced when it is available. The other books and downloadable pdfs in the EERI oral history series are available at:

-Bob Reitherman
Chair, EERI Oral History Committee

Octorber 24, 2017

Two Large Earthquakes in Mexico
On Septmeber 6, the 8.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico, Chipas Earthquake, struck off the country's southern coast and affected 1.5 million people, with more than 90 casualty and 40,000 homes damaged. A dozen of strong aftershocks measuring above 5.0 in magnitude continue to affected the devastated areas. One September 19 , the 7.1-magnitude earhquake, 2017 Central Mexico Earthquake, hit the country of Mexico again at the south of the city of Puebla. Due to the earthquake-related building collapses more than 350 fatalities and 6,000 injuries have been reported. The IAEE officers offer our heartfelt sympathy for those affected by the earthquake in Mexico.

- IAEE Central Office

October 15, 2017

Final Call for Abstract Submission: 11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
The Eleventh National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE) will be held in Los Angeles, California in June of 2018. The deadline for abstract submission is June 30, 2017. Please do not delay! With the theme, "integrating science, engineering, and policy," the 11NCEE will bring together nearly 1,000 earthquake professionals from a broad range of disciplines, including architecture, structural engineering, seismology, geology, geophysics, geotechnical engineering, business, public policy, social sciences, regional planning, emergency response planning, and regulation.


The abstract collection system will remain open through June 30, 2017! Authors must submit abstracts and papers online. Authors will receive notification of provisional acceptance of their abstracts by August 15, 2017. Final papers, both full and extended abstracts, must be received by October 15, 2017. Additional detailed instructions are available on the conference website: http://11ncee.org/call-for-papers

- IAEE Central Office

June 26, 2017

Prof. J. Eisenberg passed away
The IAEE extends our deepest condolences on the passing of Prof. J. Eisenberg. He had long served as the president of the National Committee of Russian Federation for participation in International Organizations for Earthquake Engineering (RFNCEE). For IAEE, Prof. Eigsenberg had served as a member of Executive Committee since 1996 to 2004. We would like to address our sincere acknowledgements to his distinguished contributions to earthquake engineering and mitigation of earthquake damage.

- IAEE Central Office

May 1, 2017

New Honorary Members of IAEE
The IAEE is pleased to announce that the following distingushed scholars have been awarded IAEE honorary membership for their outstanding contribution in the field of Earthquake Engineering.
Thomas D. O'Rourke (USA, Lifeline Earthquake Engineering)
Masayoshi Nakashima (Japan, Experimental Earthquake Engineering)
Polat Gulkan (Turkey, Earthquake Engineering)
Michael Fardis (Greece, Earthquake Engineering)
James M. Kelly (USA, Earthquake Protection Systems)

- IAEE Central Office

April 1, 2017

New Executive Committee Members
The IAEE welcomes the following new Executive Committee members: Svetlana Brzev, Serbia Consulting Structural Engineer Dina D'Ayala, UK University College London Ellen M. Rathje University of Texas Ken Elwood, New Zealand University of Auckland Otton Lara, Ecuador Consulsismica

- IAEE Central Office

April 1, 2017

Report from the 16th World Conference of Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile
The 16th World Conference of Earthquake Engineering was held in Santiago, in Chile,from January 9th to 13th. It hosted scientists and engineers working in the field of earthquake engineering all over the world, who contributed with more than 2000 scientific papers. A great variety of topics was presented, among which structural engineering, performance-based design, lifeline systems, design criteria, social and economic issues, and lessons from recent earthquakes. The 16th WCEE was a great occasion to establish new collaborations and to enforce the existing synergies inside the international scientific community, in order to spread the developments reached by the scientific research.
The IAEE is pleased to announce that the 17th WCEE will be hosted in Sendai, Japan, from September 14th to 18th 2020, and it is confident that it will provide another important chance of international collaborations.

- IAEE Central Office

April 1, 2017

An Obituary for Professor Vitelmo V. Bertero
We are deeply sad to inform the international community of earthquake engineering that Professor Vitelmo V. Bertero passed away as a age of 93. Prof. Bertero CEE, Professor Emeritus of the department of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, faculty member for 33 years, passed away on Oct. 24, 2016. He was known as a world-renowned pioneer, expert, and leader in the field of earthquake engineering, Please find below a tributary poted in the CEE department of UC Berkeley.


- IAEE Central Office

Novemeber 5, 2016

An Obituary for Professor Ray William Clough
We are deeply grieved to inform the international community of earthquake engineers that Professor Ray William Clough, Professor Emeritus of the department of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, has passed away on October 8th, 2016. He was known as one of the founders of the finite element method (FEM). Professor Clough was a Honorary Member of IAEE taking into account his distinguished service to earthquake engineering.

- IAEE Central Office

October 10, 2016

Prof. Anil K. Chora, Honorary Member of IAEE, Professor of the University of California, Berkeley, wrote a remembrance article for Ray.

In Memoriam: Ray W. Clough
November 9, 2016

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

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]