PEER Response to Alaska Earthquake

December 4, 2018

A M7.0 earthquake struck Anchorage, Alaska, on November 30, 2018, 8:29 AM local time. Whereas an initial tsunami warning has been lifted and initial reports of life loss and injury are few, the impact to buildings, infrastructure, and the economy is still being evaluated as numerous aftershocks have been recorded after the initial event.

PEER has been engaged with the Structural Extreme Events Response (StEER) network and the EERI Learning From Earthquakes (LFE) Program in the ensuing hours of the earthquake.  More information can be found on the PEER Earthquake Briefings website.

StEER is completing a Preliminary Virtual Assessment Team (P-VAT) report that includes overviews of the hazard characteristics of the 2018 Alaska Earthquake, the regulatory context and emergency response, the impacts of this earthquake, and current conditions by gathering publicly-reported information.  This Preliminary Virtual Assessment Team (P-VAT) Report represents the first product of StEER’s larger coordinated response to this event, informing and supporting other research teams seeking to learn from this disaster. The collaboration with EERI’s LFE Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT) is appreciated.

Please see this message from the Structural Extreme Event Reconnaissance (StEER) network for opportunities to get involved with event response:

December 6 update: StEER P-VAT report has been released. Read more here.