Education in the wake of an earthquake

WRK president, Brian Knight, explains to the DJC Oregon how the Pacific Northwest can learn from the Central Mexico Earthquake. On Sept. 19, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked central Mexico. With a major seismic event expected to hit the Pacific Northwest in coming decades, engineers visited Mexico City recently to see what they could learn […]

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Mexico City Earthquake Reconnaissance – Day 5

Central Mexico Earthquake Reconnaissance – Day 5     Today was my last day in Mexico City, but Team 2 (Infrastructure focus) from Reid Middleton would be staying for another few days.  There were also several other teams of engineers from the U.S. that were actively doing earthquake reconnaissance as well.  Teams from EERI (Earthquake […]

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Mexico City Earthquake Reconnaissance – Day 4

Central Mexico Earthquake Reconnaissance – Day 4   Today we drove 2.5 hours southeast of Mexico City to the city of Puebla. With a population of 1.5 million, Puebla is located 30 miles closer to the epicenter of the September 19th, M7.1 earthquake than Mexico City. The published USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) shake map showed […]

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Mexico City Earthquake Reconnaissance – Day 3

Central Mexico Earthquake Reconnaissance – Day 3   On day three we turned our attention to the performance of lifelines in Mexico City, specifically water and power. The previous days were mostly spent surveying building damage in the area of La Condesa. During that time we ran into a group from GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Events […]

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Mexico City Earthquake Reconnaissance – Day 2

Central Mexico Earthquake Reconnaissance – Day 2 We wrapped up day one at 11:00 PM, but were back at Starbucks by 7:30 AM again to formulate our plan of attack for day two. After a quick coffee and breakfast sandwich, we headed out again toward the La Condesa area to continue our search for damaged […]

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