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Reconnaissance Reports

Post-earthquake and multi-hazard reconnaissance investigations offer additional real-world insight to MCEER's research. Though tragic in nature, the devastation of earthquakes and other disasters in the U.S. and abroad serves as a real-life learning laboratory for Center investigators of all disciplines. Quickly dispatched to stricken regions, MCEER researchers learn valuable lessons from field investigations and on-site interviews which often bring new perspectives to the nation's and the Center's research agendas. Post-investigation technical briefings and reports contribute to the worldwide body of knowledge in earthquake engineering and hazards mitigation.

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L'Aquila Earthquake of April 6, 2009 in Italy: Rebuilding a Resilient City to Multiple Hazard

G.P. Cimellaro, I.P. Christovasilis, A.M. Reinhorn, A. DeStefano and T. Kirova; MCEER-10-0010; 12/29/2010; 286 pages; To learn more about MCEER's reconnaissance activities following the L'Aquila earthquake, click here.


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Enhancements to Hospital Resiliency: Improving Emergency Planning for and Response to Hurricanes

D.B. Hess and L.A. Arendt; MCEER-09-0007; 7/20/2009; 78 pages;


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Hurricane Gustav Reconnaissance: Damage Survey using the VIEWS System

W. Svekla and E. Verrucci; MCEER-08-SP08; 10/31/2008; 4 pages; This report is only offered as a PDF and can be downloaded from here. No hard copies are available.


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Hurricane Gustav Reconnaissance: Lessons Learned by New Orleans Hospitals from Katrina to Gustav

L. A. Arendt and D.B. Hess; MCEER-08-SP07; 10/31/2008; 8 pages; This report is only offered as a PDF and can be downloaded from here. No hard copies are available.


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Damage to Engineered Bridges from Wind, Storm Surge and Debris in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

J.S. O'Connor and P.E. McAnany; MCEER-08-SP05; 11/16/2008; 154 pages; This report can be downloaded in PDF format from here.


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Collection and Preliminary Analysis of Aerial and In-Field Building Damage Information in the Aftermath of the 2007 California Wildfires

A. McMillan, B.J. Adams, S. Ghosh and C.K. Huyck; MCEER-08-SP03; 4/30/2008; 28 pages; This report is only offered as a PDF and can be downloaded from here. No hard copies are available.


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Advanced Technology for Rapid Tornado Damage Assessment Following the "Super Tuesday" Tornado Outbreak of February 2008

A. McMillan, B.J. Adams, A. Reynolds, T. Brown, D. Liang and J.A. Womble; MCEER-08-SP01; 4/2/2008; 20 pages; This report is only offered as a PDF and can be downloaded from here. No hard copies are available.


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Damage to Engineered Buildings and Lifelines from Wind, Storm Surge and Debris following Hurricane Katrina

G. Mosqueda and K.A. Porter; MCEER-07-SP03; 8/13/2007; 60 pages; This report can be downloaded in PDF format from here.


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Public Health and Environmental Infrastructure Implications of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

J.N. Jensen and P. Ram; MCEER-07-SP02; 5/17/2007; 40 pages; This report can be downloaded in PDF format from here.


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Damage to the Highway System from the Pisco, Peru Earthquake of August 15, 2007

J.S. O'Connor, L. Mesa and M. Nykamp; MCEER-07-0021; 12/10/2007; 100 pages; This report can be downloaded in PDF format from here.


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Advanced Damage Detection for Hurricane Katrina: Integrating Remote Sensing Images and VIEWS Field Reconnaissance

J. Arn Womble, S. Ghosh, B.J. Adams and C.J. Friedland; MCEER-06-SP02; 3/1/2006; 150 pages; This report can be downloaded in PDF format from here.


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Hospital Decision Making in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: The Case of New Orleans

L.A. Arendt and D.B. Hess; MCEER-06-SP01; 1/6/2006; 84 pages; This report can be downloaded in PDF format from here.


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MCEER Response to Post-Tsunami Urban Damage Survey in Thailand, Using the VIEWS Reconnaissance System

S. Ghosh, B.J. Adams, C.K. Huyck, M. Mio, R.T. Eguchi, F. Yamazaki and M. Matsuoka; MCEER-05-SP01; 2/18/2005; 16 pages; This report is only offered as a PDF and can be downloaded from here. Additional reconnaissance information is available from here.


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MCEER/NHRAIC Response to Hurricane Charley: Collection of Satellite-Reference Building Damage Information in the Aftermath of Hurricane Charley

B.J. Adams, J.A. Womble, M.Z. Mio, J.B. Turner, K.C. Mehta and S. Ghosh; MCEER-04-SP04; 9/20/2004; 16 pages; This report is only offered as a PDF and can be downloaded from here. Additional reconnaissance information is available from here.


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Methodologies for Post-Earthquake Building Damage Detection Using SAR and Optical Remote Sensing: Application to the August 17, 1999 Marmara, Turkey Earthquake

C.K. Huyck, B.J. Adams, S. Cho, R.T. Eguchi, B. Mansouri and B. Houshmand; MCEER-04-0004; 6/15/2004; 184 pages;


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Engineering and Organizational Issues Related to the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Reconnaissance and Preliminary Assessment of a Damaged Building Near Ground Zero

J.W. Berman, G. Warn, A. Whittaker and M. Bruneau; MCEER-02-SP03; 4/30/2002; 40 pages; Information about MCEER's research efforts on the WTC disaster are described here.


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Engineering and Organizational Issues Related to the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Overview of Damage to Buildings Near Ground Zero

M. Bruneau, A. Whittaker, A.Reinhorn; MCEER-02-SP02; 3/2/2002; 46 pages; Information about MCEER's research efforts on the WTC disaster are described here.


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Assessment of Performance of Bolu Viaduct in the 1999 Duzce Earthquake in Turkey

P.C.Roussis, M.C.Constantinou, M.Erdik, E.Durukal, M.Dicleli; MCEER-02-0001; 5/8/2002; 140 pages;


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The 921 Chi-Chi, Taiwan Earthquake of 1999 Collection on CD-ROM

MCEER; MCEER-00-SP03; 12/31/2000; 0 pages; This CD-ROM contains over 450 high quality images together with the full-color text of the MCEER/NCREE reconnaissance report (MCEER-00-0003). A summary of the reconnaissance report can be viewed here. Additional web-based materials can be viewed here.


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The Chi-Chi, Taiwan Earthquake of September 21, 1999: Reconnaissance Report

Edited by G.C.Lee, C.H.Loh; Contributors: M. Bruneau, I.G. Buckle, S. Chang, P. Flores, T. O'Rourke, M. Shinozuka, T. Soong, and others from NCREE; MCEER-00-0003; 4/30/2000; 176 pages; A summary of this report can be viewed here. Additional web-based materials can be viewed here.


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The Marmara, Turkey Earthquake of August 17, 1999: Reconnaissance Report

Edited by C. Scawthorn; Contributors: M. Bruneau, R. Eguchi, T. Holzer, G. Johnson, J. Mander, J. Mitchell, W. Mitchell, A. Papageorgiou and G. Webb; MCEER-00-0001; 3/23/2000; 202 pages; A summary of this report can be viewed at here. Additional web-based materials can be viewed here.


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MCEER/NCREE Response: The 921 Taiwan Earthquake

G.Lee, M.Bruneau, I.G.Buckle, S.Chang, P.Flores, J.Goltz, T.O'Rourke, M.Shinozuka, T.Soong, L.Taddeo; MCEER-99-SP03; 10/31/1999; 24 pages; This report is only offered as a PDF and can be downloaded from here. Additional reconnaissance information is available from here.


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MCEER Response: Kocaeli (Izmit), Turkey Earthquake

M.Bruneau, J.Mander, W.Mitchell, A.Papageorgiou, C.Scawthorn, N.Sigaher, L.Taddeo; MCEER-99-SP02; 9/1/1999; 12 pages; This report is only offered as a PDF and can be downloaded from here. Additional reconnaissance information is available from here.


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Quindio, Colombia Earthquake of January 25, 1999: Reconnaissance Report

A.P. Asfura and P.J. Flores; MCEER-99-0017; 9/30/1999; 68 pages;


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Evaluation of Bridge Damage Data from the Loma Prieta and Northridge, California Earthquakes

N.Basoz, A.Kiremidjian; MCEER-98-0004; 6/2/1998; 312 pages;


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The Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of January 17, 1995: Performance of Lifelines

Edited by M.Shinozuka; NCEER-95-0015; 11/3/1995; 316 pages;


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The Northridge, California Earthquake of January 17, 1994: Performance of Gas Transmission Pipelines

T.D.O'Rourke, M.C.Palmer; NCEER-94-0011; 5/16/1994; 96 pages; The photographs and corresponding captions included in this report can be viewed online


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The Northridge, California Earthquake of January 17, 1994: Performance of Highway Bridges

I.G.Buckle; NCEER-94-0008; 3/24/1994; 132 pages; The photographs and corresponding captions included in this report can be viewed online


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The Northridge, California Earthquake of January 17, 1994: General Reconnaissance Report

Edited by J.Goltz; NCEER-94-0005; 3/11/1994; 222 pages; The photographs and corresponding captions included in this report can be viewed online


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Hokkaido Nansei-oki, Japan Earthquake of July 12, 1993

P.I.Yanev, C.R.Scawthorn; NCEER-93-0023; 12/23/1993; 140 pages;


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Engineering Aspects of the October 12, 1992 Egyptian Earthquake

A.W. Elgamal, M. Amer, K. Adalier and A. Abul-Fadl; NCEER-93-0018; 10/7/1993; 100 pages;


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The Island of Guam Earthquake of August 8, 1993

S.W.Swan, S.K.Harris; NCEER-93-0017; 9/30/1993; 68 pages;


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Reconnaissance Report of Damage to Historic Monuments in Cairo, Egypt Following the October 12, 1992 Dahshur Earthquake

D.Sykora, D.Look, G.Croci, E.Karaesman, E.Karaesmen; NCEER-93-0016; 8/19/1993; 172 pages;


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Reconnaissance Report on the Cairo, Egypt, Earthquake of October 12, 1992

M.Khater; NCEER-92-0033; 12/23/1992; 52 pages;


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Case Studies of Liquefaction and Lifeline Performance During Past Earthquakes, Volume 1, Japanese Case Studies

Edited by M. Hamada and T.D. O'Rourke; NCEER-92-0001; 2/17/1992; 414 pages;


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Reconnaissance Report on the Northern Iran Earthquake of June 21, 1990

M.Mehrain; NCEER-90-0017; 10/4/1990; 46 pages;


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Geotechnical and Lifeline Aspects of the October 17,1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake in San Francisco

T.D.O'Rourke, H.E.Stewart, F.T.Blackburn, T.S.Dickerman; NCEER-90-0001; 1/1/1990; 66 pages;


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Effects of the 1985 Michoacan Earthquake on Water Systems and Other Buried Lifelines in Mexico

A.G. Ayala and M.J. O'Rourke; NCEER-89-0009; 3/8/1989; 136 pages;


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Report on the Whittier-Narrows, California, Earthquake of October 1,1987

J. Pantelic and A.M. Reinhorn; NCEER-87-0026; 11/1/1987; 36 pages;