National Earthquake Resiliency Coalition Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2018
Coalition News
2020 National Earthquake Conference Survey

Every four years, the National Earthquake Conference brings together seismic stakeholders to address the science, policy, and practical developments in the earthquake and tsunami safety realm. The 2016 National Earthquake Conference (NEC) drew worldwide experts; inspired an immediate increase in financial support for earthquake safety research; and generated an ongoing, global dialogue  about challenges the U.S. faces with seismic risk.  Click here to view 2016 NEC conference outcomes, and here  to read the 2016 media impact report. 

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® is seeking input as planning begins for the 2020 NEC. Thank you in advance for your feedback.  To take the survey, click here .
Partner Profiles 
Partner Profile - 
Edward S. Fratto, NESEC Executive Director  

Q: Can you tell us about your organization?

The Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC) is a 501(c) (3) not for profit all-hazards emergency management organization, located in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Established in 1991, NESEC is the only all-hazard state consortium in the nation lead exclusively by State Directors of Emergency Management and is supported and funded by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont form the consortium. NESEC has a full-time Executive Director and two staff members and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the Directors of the State Emergency Management Agencies in the six New England States, New York, and New Jersey.  Read More >
Upcoming Events & Disaster Conference News
Book a Ready Business QuakeSmart Workshop 

FEMA and FLASH are now completing the 2018 schedule of free 
Ready Business - QuakeSmart workshops for interested cities, counties, private sector partners, tribal governments, and others looking to prepare their business community for earthquakes.

If you would like to learn more  about these valuable workshops featuring the
Ready Business - QuakeSmart Toolkits , expert speakers, and local risk information, contact Mike Rimoldi  today.  Please help us share and promote this opportunity through your networks.
New Reports & Findings 
Strong earthquake strikes Indonesia; 3 dead
By Kathy Quiano and Joe Sterling, CNN,  December 16, 2017

(CNN) - Three people were killed and seven others injured when a strong earthquake hit Indonesia late Friday, authorities said.  The 6.5-magnitude quake was centered in Cipatujah, in the western part of Java, the US Geological Survey said, at a depth of 91.9 kilometers (about 57 miles).  Read more >
Report analyzes workers comp and earthquake risk in California

By Louise Esola, Business Insurance, December 19, 2017

Losses for a 100-year earthquake in California are expected to exceed $300 million with more than 300 fatalities and a 250-year event may exceed $1.4 billion in losses with more than 1,000 fatalities, according to a report released Monday by the Oakland, California-based Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.  Read more >   
Mount St. Helens Is Rumbling Again With 40 Earthquakes Since New Years Day

Since New Years Day Mount St. Helens has experienced  40 earthquakes within its vicinity as aftershocks continue every few hours. The  most powerful earthquake was a magnitude 3.9 that occurred around midnight west coast time about 5 miles from Mount St. Helens and 23 miles from the town of Morton.   Read more >
Iran rocked by another earthquake measuring 5.1

By Jon Rogers, Express UK, January 6, 2018

Yes, that was an earthquake. It wasn't much of one. People conceivably have sneezed harder than the violence produced by Thursday afternoon's earthquake. But it was unusual, centered in the normally quiescent state of Delaware, and it could be felt as far as the nation's capital and its Virginia suburbs.  Read more >
3.5 magnitude earthquake hits south of San Antonio

By Associated Press, January 6, 2018

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A magnitude 3.5 earthquake has occurred in a rural area south of San Antonio.

According to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey, seismic activity was first detected Saturday morning.  The earthquake was centered about 16 miles southwest of Poth, which has a population of about 2,000.  Read more >

By Reuters News Service, January 7, 2018

A earthquake of magnitude 5.5 struck east of Imphal, capital of India's northeastern state of Manipur, on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.  There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quake, which was 22.8 km (14 miles) deep and hit 101 km (63 miles) east of Imphal.  Read more >

By Sankei Shimbun, University at Buffalo, January 8, 2018

Japan is stepping up disaster prevention initiatives after government scientists recently made a forecast that a Magnitude 9 earthquake, which carries a risk of 20-plus-meter-high tsunami, is highly probable in the Kuril Trench.
The government's Earthquake Research Committee announced last December 19th the results of its long-term evaluation of the Kuril Trench, which stretches along the Pacific side of Hokkaido. Read more >

By Peter Murphy, University at Buffalo, January 9, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A University at Buffalo engineering professor co-authored a report with potential significant impacts on how modern cities may be reconstructed following earthquakes.

" Reconstructing Christchurch: A Seismic Shift in Building Structural System" is a 170-page report that details the reconstruction of Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, following the 2010-11 earthquake series that shut down the city's central business district for years.  Read more >

By New York Post, January 9, 2018

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and causing officials to warn people around the region to be alert to the threat of possible tsunami surges.

There were no early reports of serious damage on land. Officials in Honduras said shaking was felt across much of the Central American nation and there were some reports of cracks in homes in Colon and Atlantida provinces along the northern coast and Olancho in eastern Honduras.  Read more >

By Reuters, January 10, 2018

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit western Iran on Wednesday evening, according to Mizan, the official website of the Iranian judiciary.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage caused by the earthquake near the western city of Kermanshah.   Read more >

By Virginia Tech, January 11, 2018

In a new  study, Virginia Tech researchers have found that efforts to curb earthquakes triggered by the injection of oilfield wastewater into the ground in Oklahoma are not targeting the most dangerous tremblers, and that a larger reduction in injection volumes is needed.  Read more >

By David Jacobson , Temblor, January 11, 2018

This morning, ten M=4.0+ earthquakes struck the Iran-Iraq border. The largest of these, a M=5.5 near the Iraqi city of Mandali, was also widely felt in Baghdad. Because the area around the epicenter is sparsely-populated, there are no reports of major damage, though five people were injured. However, some more minor damage has been seen close to the epicenter (see below). These earthquakes come less than two months after a M=7.3 quake struck less than 150 km to the north. That earthquake killed over 500 and destroyed numerous buildings.  Read more >

By  Anne Sheehan , AGU, January 12, 2018

Eight years ago, on January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, resulting in over 220,000 fatalities (Source: Munich Re) and displacing hundreds of thousands more. The earthquake occurred as the result of shallow strike-slip faulting on the Caribbean-North American plate boundary. The magnitude 7.6 Honduras earthquake earlier this week (January 10, 2018), which thankfully had no casualties, was also along the Caribbean-North American plate boundary.  Read more >
Powerful, deadly earthquake rocks Peru

By John Bacon , USA Today, January 14, 2018

Emergency crews in Peru were digging for survivors and rushing tents and supplies to a string of battered coastal towns after a powerful earthquake rocked the region Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring scores more.

The magnitude-7.1 quake crumbled roads and destroyed more than 100 homes, leaving hundreds homeless, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said after arriving at the scene, about 350 miles southeast of Lima.  Read more >
When an Earthquake Hits Next Door

By Alexis  C. Madrigal , USA Today, January 16, 2018

Most days, it's easy to forget that coastal California sits at the boundary of two tectonic plates-the Pacific and North American-which are slowly sliding by each other, creating the San Andreas complex of faults. It's easy to forget that one strand, the Hayward Fault, runs the whole length of the East Bay, cutting under Berkeley and Oakland, just a mile from my house, and that there is  a one-in -three chance  that it will produce a devastating earthquake before I'm a senior citizen.  Read more >
How to survive an earthquake as experts warn major shakers to double this year

By Ariane Sohrabi-Shiraz , Daily Star,  January 16, 2018

Following the quake, 65 people were injured in the cities of Arequipa, Ica and Ayacucho.  Scientists have predicted the number of severe earthquakes will rise this year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth's rotation.

The experts believe that the variations in the speed of Earth's rotation could trigger intense seismic activity - which could mean an increase in the number of devastating earthquakes.  Read more >
Photos: A look back at the 1994 Northridge Earthquake on 24th anniversary

By Miriam Velasquez , The Orange County Register,  January 16, 2018

When the Northridge earthquake struck at 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994, it left much of the city in ruins with buildings and freeways collapsed. When the dust settled, 57 people had died - including 33 from fallen buildings. Of those, 16 were killed when the 164-unit Northridge Meadows apartments collapsed. The 6.7 magnitude quake was one of the most costly disasters in U.S. history. On the 24th anniversary of the quake, we look back at this defining moment in San Fernando Valley history.  Read more >
Taipei earthquake: Buildings shake as strong 5.7 magnitude seismic shock rattles Taiwan

By  Joe Sommerlad , Independent UK, January 17, 2018

When the Northridge earthquake struck at 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994, it left much of the city in ruins with buildings and freeways collapsed. When the dust settled, 57 people had died - including 33 from fallen buildings. Of those, 16 were killed when the 164-unit Northridge Meadows apartments collapsed. The 6.7 magnitude quake was one of the most costly disasters in U.S. history. On the 24th anniversary of the quake, we look back at this defining moment in San Fernando Valley history.  Read more >
Increase in earthquake activity sparks concerns

By Emergency Management and Response - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC), January 18, 2018

It's been a long time since the United States has experienced major damage and a high death toll from an earthquake, long enough that an entire generation has grown to adulthood without experiencing it. 

We are currently seeing an impressive increase in seismic activity. California and Nevada registered 1098 earthquakes in the past week alone. The Pacific Northwest and Alaska are also seeing high numbers of small and medium earthquakes. While there was no serious damage so far this year, the sheer number of quakes are enough to raise eyebrows.  Read more >
'What happened? Is it over?' Tsunami scare from Alaska earthquake rattles Washington communities

A powerful earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska triggered anxious hours for residents along Washington's Pacific Coast early Tuesday and gave the state's tsunami warning systems a workout.

A tsunami watch issued shortly after 1:30 a.m. prompted some people to evacuate to high ground, while others received no alert at all. Some residents were confused by the distinction between a tsunami  warning, advisory or watch. But most people seem to have heeded the "watch" message to stay tuned for more information and be prepared to act, local officials said.  Read more >
Two more quakes rattle the West Coast. What's going on with the Ring of Fire?

Two more earthquakes shook California Thursday, marking the latest in a burst of seismic and volcanic activity along the Ring of Fire.

A 4.0-magnitude  quake took place just after 2 a.m. about 31 miles southeast of Anaheim, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. And a 5.8 earthquake struck about 100 miles off the Humboldt County coast at 8:39 a.m. No tsunamis are expected, according to a Twitter post by the National Tsunami Warning Center.

They follow a 6.2-magnitude quake in Japan on Wednesday and a 7.9-magnitude quake in Alaska on Tuesday that prompted a quickly canceled tsunami warning for the West Coast. Significant earthquakes in Indonesia and Chile also have been reported this week.  Read more >
5.8 earthquake strikes off Northern California coast. No tsunami threat

By  Hailey Branson-Potts , Los Angeles Times,  January 25, 2018

A shallow magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck about 100 miles off Northern California's Lost Coast on Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor was reported at 8:39 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean west of Capetown at a depth of three miles.  Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., said the USGS recorded a 5.1-magnitude aftershock in the same area just before 9:30 a.m.  Read more >
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