Early Field Survey of Damage from Japan’s March 11th Earthquake and Tsunami, presentation by Kit Miyamoto

Wednesday March 23 at 5:00 pm.

Dr. Kit Miyamoto, CEO of Miyamoto International, was in Tokyo, Japan during the March 11, 2011 M9 Tohoku Taihei Yo Oki Earthquake. Following the earthquake, his firm dispatched a team to the affected area to survey the damage and collect data for Japanese and international organizations.

At 5:00 pm on Wednesday March 23 in Room 502 Davis Hall at UC Berkeley, he gave a presentation of his impressions and assessment of the damaged caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Nearly 100 people, many of them members of the EERI NC Chapter, attended the presentation.

Download the presentation slides (PDF file, 13 MB)

April Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In the month of April each year, the EERI Northern California Chapter holds a meeting related to the disastrous April 18, 1906, San Francisco Earthquake. No exception this year! Please join the chapter for an informative meeting on San Francisco’s recently completed Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety. It will answer questions like:

  • What is the CAPSS project?
  • What is the retrofit strategy for soft story buildings developed by the CAPSS project?
  • What are the next steps San Francisco will take?

Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Arup office, 560 Mission Street, Suite 700, San Francisco
RSVP: chapterinfo@eerinc.org by Monday April 12th (the meeting is free and open to all, but the guestlist is limited to the first 60 who respond and only those on the guestlist will be able to access the Arup office.)


  • Laura Samant, Independent Consultant
  • Bret Lizundia, Principal at Rutherford Chekene
  • And Others

2010 “Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction” Awards

The Chapter presented its 2010 “Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction” awards during the Dec. 2 holiday party at Marines Memorial Club in San Francisco. Each year the chapter gives two awards, to an individual and an institution, in recognition of their hard work and dedication towards the reduction of seismic risk in Northern California.

Gregory McFann, building official for the City of Alameda, received the Chapter’s individual award. Under Mr. McFann’s leadership, Alameda has adopted exemplary risk reduction policies including a soft-story ordinance that includes incentives for retrofits and requires all owners of multi-unit residential buildings classified by the city as soft story to file a seismic analysis report prepared by an engineer and to install earthquake-actuated gas shutoff valves. In presenting the award, Chapter President Janiele Maffei said the ordinance and associated outreach efforts had created a greater awareness among Alameda’s community to the vulnerability of soft-story buildings.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District received the Chapter’s institution award. In 2004, BART launched a $1.2 billion Earthquake Safety Program that included retrofits of the trans-bay tube, several major train stations, parking structures and elevated portions of track, as well as evaluations of the effects of strong ground motions and surface fault rupture. The program consists of 29 projects, eight of which are completed, and all the remaining projects have been advertised for bids or will soon be under construction. The program is currently meetings its budget and on schedule, with an expected completion date of 2014. In presenting the award, Maffei said BART had shown innovative leadership in improving seismic safety in Northern California.

March 2nd Lecture on Confined Masonry Building Deficiencies in the 2010 Chile Earthquake

All EERI NC Chapter members are invited to a lecture titled “Confined Masonry Buildings: Design and Construction Deficiencies Observed in the 2010 Maule, Chile Earthquake” by Svetlana Nikolic-Brzev, Ph.D., P.Eng. from the Dept. of Civil Engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

This lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 5-6pm (REVISED TIME) at 534 Davis Hall (fifth floor), UC Berkeley.  View Directions


A major earthquake of magnitude 8.8 shook the Maule region in Central Chile on February 27,2010, and caused 521 deaths. The earthquake exposed all types of building structures to severe ground shaking, and provided an opportunity to study their seismic performance. Svetlana visited Chile in July 2010 as a part of the EERI team with a mandate to document performance of confined masonry buildings in the earthquake. She is going to share key findings of the visit during the presentation and will discuss approaches to prevent design and construction deficiencies observed in the damaged buildings in Chile.

View the event flier for more information.

Svetlana Brzev is a Professor of Structural Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering,
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Vancouver, Canada. She has over 25 years of
combined teaching, research, and consulting experience. Prior to joining BCIT in January 2000,
she was working as a Senior Engineer with Sandwell Engineering in Vancouver on several
seismic retrofit projects related to concrete and masonry buildings and water reservoirs. She
received her B.Eng. and M.A.Sc. degrees in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of
Belgrade, Serbia, and Ph.D. degree in Earthquake Engineering from the Indian Institute of
Technology (formerly University of Roorkee), India. Svetlana served as a Director and Vice
President of the EERI (2001 to 2003), as well as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the World
Housing Encyclopaedia (2000 to 2005).

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