Civil + Structural Engineering News

USGS collaborates with FEMA on national earthquake loss estimate

Earthquakes are estimated to cost the nation $6.1 billion annually in building stock losses, according to an updated report published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science on earthquake hazards was a critical component to this analysis.

Report calls for improved methods to assess earthquake-caused soil liquefaction

Several strong earthquakes around the world have resulted in a phenomenon called soil liquefaction, the seismic generation of excess porewater pressures and softening of granular soils, often to the point that they may not be able to support the foundations of buildings and other infrastructure. A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine evaluates existing field, laboratory, physical model, and analytical methods for assessing liquefaction and its consequences.

Earthquake expert Lucy Jones, Ph.D., joins SAFEq Institute’s advisory board

Lucy Jones, Ph.D., has been a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She recently retired from the USGS after 33 years of federal service. and now plans to help officials develop science-based policies related to earthquakes, climate change, tsunamis and other natural disasters.

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