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Imminent Danger: Earthquake Disaster and Risk Reduction in U.S. Cities

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Imminent Danger: Earthquake Disaster and Risk Reduction in U.S. Cities


On December 1, 2010, Miyamoto International, Tower General Contractors and NEES@UCLA, hosted the Earthquake Symposium Imminent Danger: Earthquake Disaster and Risk Reduction in U.S. Cities. At UCLA, experts from academia, government, and the private sector discussed risk and potential solutions for saving lives and minimizing property damage from a major earthquake.

NEES@UCLA’s PI Dr. John Wallace and Site Operations Manager Dr. Bob Nigbor participated in expert panels on "Practical Solutions to Earthquake Disaster Risk Reduction," which featured the recent retrofit of the LAX Theme Building as a case study in high performance earthquake engineering seismic risk reduction, and "How Can We Encourage Increasing LA's Earthquake Resilience?" Other featured speakers included Thomas Heaton, Ph.D., Geophysics, Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, discussing "What Earthquake Science Tells Us about LA's Risk," and Jerry Nickelsburg, Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast, focusing on "The Economic Impact of a Major Earthquake."

Topics covered during the event included:

  • Haiti, Chile, and Los Angeles: Experiences in Contrast
  • Assessing the Risks of Seismic Activity in Los Angeles
  • Risk Engineering: A Solution to Managing Earthquake Disasters
  • Increasing Los Angeles’ Earthquake Resilience

    Students, architects, engineers, contractors, government officials, and members of the public attended the conference, participating in conversations about earthquake resistance to help move the issue to the top of regional agendas across the country. Webcast, presentations and other materials are available at www.eqsymposium.com.

    For other conference news coverage, visit: Pasadena Star-News; San Gabriel Valley Tribune; Whittier Daily News; and LA Times.