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Geo-engineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance Underway in Ecuador

April 27, 2016 - in Corporate, Maintenance

Civil and geotechnical engineering professor Clinton Wood is in Ecuador this week studying the affects of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the South American country April 16. Wood is participating in a Geo-engineering Extreme Events Reconnaissance,…

Landslide Risk Remains High a Year After Magnitude-7.8 Nepal Earthquake

ANN ARBOR—With the monsoon fast approaching, the landslide risk in Nepal remains high a year after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed more than…

Oklahoma DOT Sets Bridge Inspection Process After Earthquakes

April 25, 2016 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Transportation

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said it will continue to inspect roadway bridges after earthquakes, but will start those inspections at a threshold…

Miyamoto Structural Experts Dispatched to Ecuador

April 25, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Design/Engineering

ECUADOR – Earthquake structural engineering expert Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto, a California Seismic Safety Commissioner and president of nonprofit Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief and Miyamoto International, has been dispatched to earthquake-devastated Ecuador to…

Miyamoto International Responds to 7.8-M Ecuador Earthquake

April 20, 2016 - in Uncategorized

As the death toll from the April 16, 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador continues to rise, the magnitude of the disaster comes more clearly into focus. The earthquake struck off the west coast of Ecuador, injuring 2,500 people and killing nearly 500. According…

Earthquakes Hit Hard in Japan and Ecuador

April 18, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Design/Engineering

The April 15, 2016 M 7.0 earthquake north of Kumamoto, on the island of Kyushu in southwest Japan, occurred as the result of strike-slip faulting at shallow depth. The April 15, 2016, M 7.0 event (UTC 16:25:06) occurred one day after a series of foreshocks…

Breaking the Strongest Link Triggered Big Baja Earthquake

February 19, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Maintenance

A spate of major earthquakes on small faults could overturn traditional views about how earthquakes start, according to a study from researchers at the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior in Ensenada, Mexico, and the University of…

Seismologist Says Growing Population Exposes World to More Catastrophic Earthquakes

February 18, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Planning

NEW YORK, N.Y., Feb. 18, 2016—The earth shook in southern Taiwan last week. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake killed 116, injured 550 and damaged 34 historical monuments. Scientists can tell you where earthquakes are likely to occur and predict their frequency…

New App Turns Smartphones Into Worldwide Seismic Network

February 15, 2016 - in Corporate, Planning, Sensors

University of California, Berkeley, scientists are releasing a free Android app that taps a smartphone's ability to record ground shaking from an earthquake, with the goal of creating a worldwide seismic detection network that could eventually warn users of…

Nonprofit Engineers Save Students in Nepal

February 5, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Renewal/Retrofit

Dust falls from the cracks in the walls and ceiling as the floor shudders, sending gasps and small screams echoing off the temporary tin roofs. The teacher tries to calm the class memories of destruction in the not-so-distant past haunt the children. It takes…