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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2010

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Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2010

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MCEER Joins EERI Team to Investigate Damage to Nonstructural Components Following the 8.8M Chile Earthquake

A courthouse in Talca, Chile suffered

A courthouse in Talca, Chile suffered nonstructural damage.

MCEER investigator Gilberto Mosqueda, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, is part of the EERI Reconnaissance team investigating the aftermath of the 8.8-magnitude Chile earthquake that struck the South American nation on February 27, 2010.

Dr. Mosqueda led the nonstructural components part of the reconnaissance team, and was joined by two former University at Buffalo graduates: Gokhan Pekcan, Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Rodrigo Retamales, a professional engineer in Chile. They were in Chile March 6-14, 2010, to assess nonstructural damage sustained by hospitals and other engineered buildings. Eduardo Miranda, Associate Professor at Stanford University, joined the team later in the week.

The team’s preliminary findings are available on MCEER’s website. Their reports focus on damage to equipment, ceiling tiles, piping systems, and other building systems, particularly in hospitals. Prepared at the time of the field investigations, they contain preliminary summaries of damage, initial observations and many photographs. These reports are also part of the EERI Chile Earthquake Clearinghouse.

MCEER’s Information Service has compiled a wealth of resources on the earthquake, which are available from