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Earthquake & Multi-Hazard Reconnaissance

Post-earthquake and multi-hazard reconnaissance investigations offer additional real-world insight to MCEER's research. Though tragic in nature, the devastation of earthquakes and other disasters in the U.S. and abroad serves as a real-life learning laboratory for Center investigators of all disciplines. Quickly dispatched to stricken regions, MCEER researchers learn valuable lessons from field investigations and on-site interviews which often bring new perspectives to the nation's and the Center's research agendas. Post-investigation technical briefings and reports contribute immeasurably to the worldwide body of knowledge in earthquake engineering and hazards mitigation.

Reconnaissance Materials for the following events are available:

Follow the links to view web-based materials, citations, abstracts, photographs and MCEER reports and CD-ROMs.

Post-Tropical Cyclone/Hurricane Sandy, U.S. East Coast, Late October, 2012

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Irene, U.S. East Coast, August 27, 2011

Virginia Earthquake, August 23, 2011

Tohoku, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, March 11, 2011

Christchurch New Zealand Earthquake, February 21, 2011

Darfield, New Zealand Earthquake, September 4, 2010

Chile Earthquake, February 27, 2010

Haiti Earthquake, January 12, 2010

West Sumatra Earthquake, September 30, 2009

L' Aquila area of Central Italy, April 6, 2009

Hurricane Gustav, U.S. Gulf Coast, September 1, 2008: Lessons Learned by New Orleans Hospitals from Katrina to Gustav and Damage Survey using the VIEWS™ System

The 512 Wenchuan Earthquake of China ── A Preliminary Report, Wenchuan, China, May 12, 2008

"Super Tuesday" Tornado Outbreak, Mid-Southern U.S., February 5-6, 2008

California Wildfires, Southern California, U.S., October 21-24, 2007

Pisco Peru Earthquake, August 15, 2007

Hurricane Katrina, U.S. Gulf Coast, August 29, 2005

Tsunami/Earthquake Disaster in South Asia, December 26, 2004

Central Florida Hurricane Charley, August 13, 2004

Bam, Iran Earthquake, December 26, 2003

Boumerdes, Algeria Earthquake, May 21, 2003

Changureh, Iran Earthquake, June 22, 2002

Plattsburgh, New York Earthquake, April 20, 2002

World Trade Center Disaster, New York City, September 11, 2001

Chi-Chi, Taiwan Earthquake, September 21, 1999

Athens, Greece Earthquake,  September 7, 1999

Marmara (Kocaeli), Turkey Earthquake, August 17, 1999

Quindio, Colombia Earthquake, January 25, 1999

Kobe Japan Earthquake, January 17, 1995

Northridge, California Earthquake, January 17, 1994