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Past News Stories: 2005

7.6 Magnitude Quake Strikes Pakistan October 8, 2005

According to USGS, the earthquake killed at least 79,000 people, injured 65,000 and destroyed or badly damaged many towns and villages in northern Pakistan. In India, at least 1,360 people were killed and 4,300 injured; four people were killed in Afghanistan. An estimated 4 million people in the area have been left homeless. Landslides have damaged roads and bridges, blocking access to many of the worst-hit areas. MCEER Literature Searches have been prepared, and general information is available from the USGS (external link) and EQNET (external link) websites.

Accelerated Bridge Construction Seminar

On September 16, 2005, MCEER hosted a professional development seminar on Accelerated Bridge Construction. The seminar was held at the Center for Tomorrow on the University of Buffalo’s north campus and shown live via webcast. Speakers included Lloyd Wolf, Texas DOT; Harry Capers, New Jersey DOT; and Bill Halsband, Mammoet.

Two New Industry-based Research Consortia Announced

MCEER is pleased to announce the formation of two new industry-based research consortiums. The Electrical Utility Consortium (EUC) was created to respond to the needs of electrical utilities and focuses specifically on the seismic behavior of electrical substation equipment. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), through its Technical Committee 2.7, formed a consortium with MCEER's researchers and industry partners to examine the performance of seismic restraints and isolation devices for large institutional equipment, such as HVAC systems.

ImageCat Wins Contest

The MCEER team at ImageCat, Inc. placed first in the 2005 Geospatial Solutions Applications Contest for their use of the VIEWS system following Hurricane Charley. The contest honors those who have used geospatial technologies in innovative and creative ways. The Geospatial Solutions website (external link) has a description of the winning project.

2005 REU Program Ends with Reno Symposium

Reno, Nevada was the site of this year’s NSF Tri-Center Symposium for Young Researchers. MCEER's contingent of nine students joined another 13 undergraduates from MAE and PEER to present the results of their summer research projects and participate in events, including tours of UNR facilities and a field trip to the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, which recently underwent a major seismic retrofit.

Tri-Center Field Mission Takes Students to Greece

Thirteen Ph.D. students from the three earthquake centers visited Greece as part of the Tri-Center Field Mission. Held July 5-13 and sponsored by NSF, this year’s trip highlighted the contrast between ancient and modern technologies. Participants toured earthquake resistant structures ranging in age from 1 year to over 3000 years, primarily in the cities of Athens and Patras.

Quake Triggers Tsunami Warning in US

On June 15, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake off the Northern California coast triggered tsunami warnings along the entire west coast of the US.  No tsunami occurred and no casualties were reported. The photo (Katie Klingsporn/The Crescent City Triplicate) shows California evacuees watching for signs of a tsunami.

People in the News

People in the News include George Lee, who received an award from the University at Buffalo for his outstanding contributions to international education, and Hector Velasco, MCEER's Graphic Media Specialist and Scientific Illustrator, who was honored for 30 years of service at the University at Buffalo on May 24, 2005.  Hector (C) is pictured with UB President John B. Simpson (L) and Provost Satish K. Tripathi (R).

MCEER Welcomes Students to REU Program 2005

MCEER has awarded a total of 6 regular REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Awards and 3 Diversity REU Awards this year to facilitate undergraduate student participation in earthquake engineering research. These students started their program on June 1, 2005. These nine students will present the results of their research activities at the Tri-Center REU 2005 Symposium in Reno, Nevada, scheduled for August 11-13. More...

2005 MCEER Annual Meeting

MCEER's 2005 Annual Meeting was held February 25-26, 2005 in Sacramento, California. This traditional gathering of MCEER industry partners, students and researchers reviewed the past year's progress and the next year's promise, and featured a “Practitioners Day” that invited participation from the practicing community and public service officials. A review of the meeting, along with MCEER presentations, student posters and a photo gallery can now be viewed online. More presentations will be available soon, so please visit again soon.

MCEER Joins Multi-lateral Reconnaissance Team to Investigate the Effects of the Tsunami/Earthquake Disaster in South Asia

Ranked as one of the most catastrophic events in recent times, the Indonesian earthquake and subsequent tsunami has caused significant damage in 11 countries and resulted in over 150,000 casualties. MCEER joined a Thailand-Japanese team of engineers who visited hard hit areas in Thailand in January 2005 to investigate data collection and research opportunities related to remote sensing. More...


Hurricane Katrina Seminar

Examining Extreme Events:
Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Critical Infrastructure, Societal Systems, Public Health and Environment
A First-hand View from Satellite and Field Investigations

November 2, 2005

Seminar Series Events

Accelerated Bridge Construction

Professional Development Seminar: Accelerated Bridge Construction

September 16, 2005