Category: Earthquakes

Japan Earthquake Damage


THE JAPAN EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR THE U.S. Written by Michael Mahoney, March 17, 2011 Geophysicist, FEMA, National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Coordinating Committee Member, FEMA, National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the multi-agency National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) joins with the […]

Open Letter to Editor:

Letter to Editor: Structural Engineers Call for More Stringent Building Standards After Quake in Japan. The world has once again experienced a devastating earthquake and its ensuing tsunami and aftershocks. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost their loved ones, their livelihoods and their homes in one of the largest earthquakes in Japan’s […]

Japan Earthquake Damage

Haiti Earthquake: January 12, 2010

I’ve had a lot of non-engineer co-workers in the construction field as well as laypeople ask me about the Haiti earthquake and whether we could learn a lot about construction from studying the collapses and structural failures there. First, a quick overview of the geophysical aspects of the earthquake: here’s an informative link USGS Haiti […]