SEAOC Press Release on American Canyon Earthquake
As the Napa region works to recover from the strongest California earthquake in 20-plus years, the rest of the State should be on notice that Sunday’s 6.0M American Canyon earthquake did not let us off the hook. Instead, this and every other recent earthquake should be taken as a wakeup call for residents and business owners in California and other seismically active regions of the US. To read more click here.
6.1 Magnitude Earthquake in Napa
According to the USGS, at 3:20am on August 24, 2014, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake occurred near American Canyon along the West Napa fault line at a depth of 6.6 miles. The earthquake was felt strongly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the largest earthquake to occur in the San Francisco Bay Area region since the Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989 and the largest to occur in Napa County since a 5.2 magnitude earthquake in September 2000.
The media reports several mobile homes destroyed by fire in a mobile home park that could not be put out due to a water main rupture. Photographs show local road buckling, masonry damage to buildings in downtown Napa, residential homes that have slid off their foundations, and general nonstructural damage in retail stores. Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa reports that approximately 200 people have been triaged with various degrees of injuries. The governor has declared a state of emergency for Napa and has said that the Office of Emergency Services is on full activation and is working with local and state emergency management teams.
Structural engineers from around the state have been deployed by both the Office of Emergency Services and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) for structural inspections as well as earthquake reconnaisance. Members of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) will be working to assist local communities and clients in recovery and rebuilding efforts in coming months ahead.
Triangle of Life Strategy Flawed
In the wake of the recent American Canyon earthquake, you may have come across a theory on the internet titled “Triangle of Life: Ten Tips on Surviving a Building Collapse"; presumably providing tips on how to protect your life in the event of an earthquake. However, this strategy is flawed. To read more click here.
Loma Prieta 25 Symposium Website Launched
SEAONC and SEAOC are proud to be event sponsors of Loma Prieta 25: Still on Shaky Ground: Building Bay Area Resistance, a public policy symposium commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. The symposium will take place on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Kaiser Center in Oakland. More information regarding this symposium can be found here.
Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Board of Directors
Darrick Hom, SE
Kate Stillwell, SE
Lisa Cassedy, SE
Wendy Allen, PE
Wayne Low, SE
Raymond Lui, SE
Greg Luth, SE
Brian McDonald, SE
Colin Blaney, SE
A special thank you to our outgoing Board members, Ian Aiken, Sarah Billington, Grace Kang, and Walterio Lopez.
TCA Offers Discounts to SEAONC Members
The Tilt-up Concrete Association has extended member discount privileges to all SEAONC Members for their 2014 Convention, September 29 - October 1 in San Jose, CA. For more information and the discount code, please click here.
SEAONC Launches New Structural Engineers Referral List
This helpful new resource allows the public to easily search for Structural and Civil Engineers that specialize in specific areasof structural engineering. Results can be narrowed not only by specialities but also by location. To search for engineers using this tool click here.
Those structural/civil engineers desiring to be listed here should click here. SEAONC member login is required.
First Time Login Instructions for SEAONC Members
The Structural Engineers of Northern California are proud to announce the launch of the organization's new website. For the past two years, the website committee has been working with Aeronet Communications in developing and implementing a strategy to upgrade our existing website. In order to log into the new SEAONC website for the first time, you must first reset your password. It's quick and straightforward. Learn how to do this now so you can access website content exclusive to members only.
Join a Committee!
One of the most important aspect of SEAONC membership is participation in committees and now it's never been easier to join a committee. Click here to find out more...
President Darrick Hom's monthly newsletter message can be read here.
New Publication from Construction Quality Assurance Committee
The Construction Quality Assurance Committee has just released a new publication entitled "Guidelines for Reviewing Concrete Mix Designs." For more information click here.
SEAOC 2013 Membership Directory
A 2012 directory of members of the Structural Engineers Association of California regional associations (SEAONC, SEAOCC, SEAOSC, and SEAOSD) is available here
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