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On September 19, 2017, Mexico experienced a 7.1 magnitude earthquake near Mexico City. The earthquake damage has claimed over 350 lives to date and left thousands of people homeless. Ironically, this came on the anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake that killed thousands of people. In response, the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) has assembled a team to conduct earthquake reconnaissance in the affected areas. SEAOSC is a member-centric organization with a mission to promote advancements in structural engineering for the betterment of our members and the community at-large. The lessons learned from earthquake events are immeasurable in the endeavor to constantly develop our understanding of building performance and support Code enhancements. In seeking to gain necessary knowledge to bring these lessons back to our local membership and communities, SEAOSC’s Safer Cities Reconnaissance Team’s mission is summarized below.
SEAOSC Mexico Reconnaissance Team Members:
Led by Daniel Zepeda, Chair of SEAOSC’s Existing Buildings Committee, the Mexico City Safer Cities Reconnaissance Team is comprised of six members of the Association. The team has a wealth of experience, and passion for structural engineering and how we positively impact our community’s built environment to not only save lives, but to recover rapidly after a natural disaster. The team will depart on October 10th. While in Mexico, they will provide daily blogs, which can be found on the Safer Cities Reconnaissance page of SEAOSC’s website (www.seaosc.org/Safer-Cities-Recon), as well providing updates on their trip through SEAOSC’s social media outlets. Be sure to follow and share their blog and social media updates with your friends and colleagues as we collectively improve our understanding and motivate action to reduce losses in future disasters!
Brief biographies of the team members are provided below.
Daniel Zepeda, S.E. (Team leader)
Kenneth O’Dell, S.E.
Russell McLellan, P.E.
Martin (Marty) Hudson, Ph.D, G.E.
Dion Marriott, Ph.D., P.E.
Raul Jimenez, P.E.
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