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Chile Earthquake: February 27, 2010

Damaged structure in Chile after 8.8M earthquake.

Diego Lopez Garcia/Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

A building in Chile is damaged after the collapse of columns in structure's basement level, likely due to poor design or construction quality.

MCEER investigator Gilberto Mosqueda, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, was part of the EERI Reconnaissance team investigating the aftermath of the 8.8-magnitude Chile earthquake that struck the South American nation on February 27, 2010. Prof. Mosqueda led the nonstructural components part of the reconnaissance team, and was be joined by two former University at Buffalo graduates: Gokhan Pekcan, assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Rodrigo Retamales, a professional engineer in Chile. They arrived in Chile on March 6, 2010, and remained in the country for one week to assess nonstructural damage sustained by hospitals and other engineered buildings.

Visit the team's blog to see updates of their findings, including damage assessments and photos, on a daily basis while they are in the field.

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