National Earthquake Resiliency Coalition Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2018
Coalition News
Seattle Hosts National Earthquake Program Managers
(NEPM) Meeting
The first week of May proved to be an exciting time for Earthquake Program Managers from across the country as they gathered at this year's NEPM Meeting in the beautiful city of Seattle, WA. Nearly 100 attendees from Guam to Puerto Rico assembled at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Seattle to discuss, listen, and learn about the Role of the Earthquake Program Manager. Some Earthquake Program Managers even had the opportunity to explore the Seattle Fault and/or Cascadia Fault on Bainbridge Island before the meeting officially kicked off on Tuesday, May 1. 
Upcoming Events & Disaster Conference News
QuakeSmart Workshops 

FEMA and FLASH will present free Ready Business - QuakeSmart Workshops in the following locations during 2018. Representatives from businesses, cities, corporations, counties, organizations, private sector partners, tribal governments, and others looking to prepare for earthquakes 
are all invited.
  • May 30, 2018 - Santa Clarita, CA
  • July/August (Dates TBA) - Puerto Rico (Two locations)
  • September 19, 2018 - Golden, CO
  • September 26, 2018 - Jackson, WY
  • October 11, 2018 - Benton, AR
  • October 18, 2018 - Albuquerque, NM
Ready Business - QuakeSmart Workshops are free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

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 at today.

Please help us share and promote these workshops through your networks.
NERC Spotlight
Kilauea Volcano 

Eruptions at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii are presenting a significant threat to residents, and the events are being monitored closely by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. For up-to-date information, click here. 
New Articles, Findings & Reports 
A Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Hit Los Angeles, California Today: The Strongest In Years

By Trevor Nace, Forbes - April 5, 2018

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck off the coast of southern California today, the strongest one to hit the area in several years. The United States Geological Survey puts the earthquake epicenter 17 miles southwest of Santa Cruz Island off southern California.   Read more >    
'Great Utah Shakeout': State braces for potentially devastating earthquake

By Tiffany Caldwell, Salt Lake TribuneApril 18, 2018

Furniture will be knocked over; books and heavy valuables will be hurled across rooms. Buildings may be leveled and power lines may collapse. And after the shaking ends, fires will rage and aftershocks will continue to destabilize the valley.  That's what Wasatch Front residents can expect when a major earthquake hits.  Read more >    
The Next Big Bay Area Earthquake Could Kill Hundreds, Strand 20,000 In Elevators

By Eric Mack, Forbes - April 20, 2018

San Francisco was  leveled by an earthquake in 1906  and significantly damaged by  another in 1989 , but the next big temblor could cause even more destruction than the last big one almost 30 years ago.  Read more >    
Bay Area falling behind on quake safety despite booming tech economy

By Rong-Gong Lin II , Los Angeles Times - April 22, 2018

Property values are soaring to stratospheric levels. The tech economy is booming, fueling fast-paced development and spending on home renovations that ranks among the nation's highest.  But at a time of unparalleled prosperity in the Bay Area, there is growing concern that the region is not using more of its largesse to prepare for its greatest natural threat: a major earthquake.  Read more >    
The HayWired Earthquake Scenario: How We Can Outsmart Disaster

By Laurie A. Johnson, Spur - April 23 , 2018

What were you doing at 4:18 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18? Were you starting to wrap up your work day and begin your commute home? Were your kids already home from school or still involved in their after-school activities? How about your spouse, parents, friends and neighbors?  Read more >
UNR Earthquake Engineering Lab Holds Bridge Seismic Stress Test

By Michael Wolfe, CBS - Reno, NV -  April 24, 2018

The University of Nevada's earthquake engineering lab tested how a large bridge would withstand a quake on Tuesday.  The 70-foot bridge tested has six connection types and they'd never been tested under stress at once before.  Read more >
The East Coast gets earthquakes - and they're felt more widely than in the West

By Michele Robertson, SF Gate - April 24,  2018

When one considers earthquakes, her mind generally jumps to the West Coast. It's Earthquake Country. Shakerville. Tremble Town.  But the eastern half of the United States experiences earthquakes, too. Though fewer shakers rock the region, the temblors of the east wreak greater havoc and are felt more widely than those on the opposing coast, according to multiple studies compiled in a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  Read more >
How bad will a Hayward Fault earthquake actually be, and what you can do to protect yourself

By David Jacobson , Temblor - April 25, 2018

Last week the USGS released the second volume of the HayWired report, a scenario M=7.0 earthquake along the Hayward Fault. This volume focused on the impacts of the earthquake, which includes the estimated losses. Within this volume, two losses stood out, an estimated $82 billion in property and direct business losses, and up to $30 billion in fire damage.  Read more >
Study: Over 800 West Hollywood Buildings Could Be Damaged in an L.A. Earthquake

By Chris Morris, Fortune - May 3 , 2018

While the concern over a major earthquake is a day-to-day affair for Californians, residents of West Hollywood might be a little more nervous than usual after the city has cited more than 800 buildings that could be at risk of damage or collapse and may need to be retrofitted.   Read more >
'This is heartbreaking': Lava destroys more structures on Hawaii's Big Island

By Amy B. Wang, The Washington Post - May 7 , 2018

Less than a week ago, Leilani Estates was the picture of serenity on Hawaii's Big Island, a subdivision in the island's eastern Puna district filled with wooden homes nestled in tropical plant-filled lots.  The latest eruption of the island's most active volcano changed everything.  Read more >
Rare Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Louisiana Near New Orleans

By Pam Wright, The Weather Channel , May 6, 2018

A rare magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck in the Gulf of Mexico about 160 miles southeast of New Orleans. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at a depth of 6 miles. There is no tsunami threat, according to the U.S. Tsunami Warning System. No damage or injuries have been reported. 
Magnitude 4.5 earthquake is latest warning of San Andreas' power

By Rong-Gong Lin II and Courtney Lewis,  Los Angeles Times  May 8, 2018

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shook a large portion of Southern California on Tuesday, and was felt from San Diego to Santa Clarita, authorities said.  Tuesday's temblor struck at 4:49 a.m. about seven miles north of Cabazon and 85 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The epicenter was close to the San Gorgonio Pass, through which Interstate 10 connects Palm Springs with San Bernardino.  Read More >
A giant precursor to a giant earthquake may have been detected by gravity satellites

By Ross Stein, Ph.D. and David Jacobson, M.Sc., Temblor May 9, 2018

A study by Isabelle Panet and her French colleagues published this month in the high-profile journal, Nature Geoscience, finds a large precursory gravity change over the Japanese archipelago starting a few months before the M=9.0 Tohoku earthquake. The signals were processed from the GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellite duo, launched in 2002. The authors found nothing comparable to the precursory signal in the preceding seven years.  Read More >
Will your building hold up in a major earthquake?

By Elijah Chiland, Curbed May 9, 2018

One of the most  earthquake-prone  urban areas in the nation, Los Angeles is likely to be  rocked by a major temblor  within the next few decades. As nerve-wracking as it may be, preparing for the big one is part of living in LA.  Read More >
10 Years Since the Devastating 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

On May 12, 2008, a magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck beneath a mountainous region in south-central China, toppling buildings and sending landslides crashing into cities, resulting in nearly 70,000 deaths. The 2008 Sichuan earthquake (also called the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake) became even more infamous for exposing the cheap and inferior construction methods used in schools across the region, which left thousands of children dead and injured.  Read More >
Councilors eye code change for Portland buildings likely to collapse in big earthquake

By KATU Staff -   May 9, 2018

City councilors are looking to make buildings in Portland safer for when the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake hits.  Portland's Bureau of Emergency Management says there are 1,600 buildings that would crumble if the earthquake hit today. 
Scientists Warn Of More Eruptions From Hawaii's Big Island Volcano

New fissures have opened on Hawaii's Big Island as earthquakes continue to rock the island, and scientists are warning about further volcanic eruptions.  Officials announced the island's 17th fissure on Saturday evening, hours after a 16th fissure emerged, releasing lava that traveled 250 yards before settling. That fissure opened near the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, where officials have removed 60,000 gallons of flammable liquid as a precaution.  Read More >
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