September 12, 2016

 As part of the Learning from Earthquakes program, EERI joined with the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE) and Rete dei Laboratori Universitari di Ingegneria Sismica (ReLUIS) to conduct a reconnaissance trip in Italy from September 12-16, 2016. The team will study the impacts of the August 24, 2016 Amatrice earthquake.

In the tradition of EERI reconnaissance efforts, the team assembled for the Amatrice reconnaissance trip is represented by earthquake engineers from both academia and practice.

Guido Magenes, Full Professor at University of Pavia and Head of Masonry Structures Area of EUCENTRE will act as team leader of the mission. Additional members of the team from EUCENTRE are Barbara Borzi (head of the section Vulnerability and Territorial Management), Roberto Nascimbene (head of the section Structural Analysis), Andrea Penna (Associate Professor at University of Pavia and working in the section Masonry Structures of EUCENTRE, and Massimiliano Stucchi.

EERI delegation members are Silvia Mazzoni (EERI Delegation leader, Consultant and Research Engineer at UC Berkeley), Erica Fischer (Design Engineer, Degenkolb Engineers, Seattle), Paolo Calvi (Assistant Professor, University of Washington), Dick Dreyer (Principal, Holmes Culley, San Francisco).

ReLUIS representatives are Angelo Masi, Enrico Spacone, Antonio Santo, Maria Polese, Marco Di Ludovico, Luigi Di Sarno, Luigi Sorrentino and George Balzopoulos.

The reconnaissance mission will be focused on four main themes:

  • –Performance of new or retrofitted structures.
  • –How lessons from the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake are informing emergency response and rebuilding efforts.
  • –Observation of Italian approaches for detailed and systematic data collection techniques to inform (1) EERI’s data collection approaches, (2) fragility curve development for the building typologies damaged by the earthquake, and (3) verification of virtual damage and loss maps from remote sensing data sources.
  • –Performance of schools and their impacts on community resilience.

After its return from the field, the team will disseminate findings by producing a web-broadcasted reconnaissance briefing for the membership.

Further information on the Amatrice earthquake, including data and photos from the reconnaissance team, can be found on the LFE Amatrice Virtual Clearinghouse.

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