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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…

Induced Earthquakes Raise Chances of Damaging Shaking in 2016

March 29, 2016 - in Corporate, Surveying/Mapping

For the first time, new USGS maps identify potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only…

Global Engineering Firm Brings Earthquake Expertise to Reno

RENO, March 2, 2016—The global earthquake structural engineering firm Miyamoto International has opened an office in Reno to bring its seismic expertise…

Portland’s Sellwood Bridge Opens

March 1, 2016 - in Bridges, Construction, Projects

PORTLAND, Ore. – Deputy Federal Highway Administrator David Kim joined U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Oregon DOT Director Matt Garrett and other local and state officials to dedicate the new Sellwood Bridge, which will open to traffic on March 1. The $319…

Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard

February 15, 2016 - in Corporate, Design/Engineering

President Obama established a federal earthquake risk management standard by executive order last week. Following are details of this order that focuses on resiliency and national security. By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and…

The Himalayan Times Reveals Miyamoto’s Purpose in Nepal

December 9, 2015 - in Buildings, Corporate, Maintenance

Eight months after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal, Dr. Kit Miyamoto sits down with the Himalayan Times to discuss what the future holds for reconstruction in Nepal – what works and what doesn’t. "I think engineers here have a really fantastic foundation,…

Oregon Preparing for Export: Assessing the Seismic Challenges of a Liquified Natural Gas Plant

November 21, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

In the international port of Coos Bay, Ore., construction will begin in late 2016 on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal that will be the largest private construction project in the state’s history. The bay is separated from the ocean by a tongue…

Seismic Expert Khalid Mosalam Appointed to Lead PEER

October 26, 2015 - in Buildings, People

Khalid M. Mosalam, Taisei professor of civil engineering at UC Berkeley, has been appointed director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), a multi-institutional research and education center headquartered at Berkeley. Mosalam will succeed…

Paper on Earthquake Probability Near Los Angeles Generates Controversy

October 22, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

A research paper from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, recently published in AGU's online journal Earth and Space Sciences, predicts a 99.9 percent likelihood of a major earthquake near Los Angeles within the next three years. This conclusion was inferred…

Los Angeles Mandates Seismic Retrofits to Reduce Earthquake Hazards

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 9 to approve an ordinance that requires mandatory earthquake retrofitting for wood-frame and non-ductile concrete buildings. This ruling is a follow-up to the publication of "Resilience by Design," a report…