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25 years of earthquake reports now available online

The UK-based Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) has made 25 years of earthquake reconnaissance reports available online

Practitioners, researchers and students can download free the field reports from the EEFIT missions to 22 earthquake-affected areas spanning over 25 years. Reports for 18 of these event missions were previously only available though hard copy purchase. It is planned that all future reports will also be available free online.

EEFIT has undertaken fieldwork following most of the significant earthquake events in the past 25 years, including Northridge, USA (1994), Kobe, Japan (1995), the Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004), Wenchuan, China (2008) and more recently the L’Aquila, Italy earthquake of April 2009.

The reports detail the extent of damage from an earthquake event and discuss the performance of geotechnical, civil and building structures under that seismic loading. In addition, information is provided on the distribution and numbers of injuries and fatalities as well as information on the performance of emergency response services. Each report is heavily illustrated with photographic evidence of the damage and recommendations are made for improvements in design and emergency management practice.

“We are very pleased to have been able to make digital copies of these valuable research documents available free of charge to the engineering community and the wider public, and we are very grateful to the Institution of Structural Engineers for hosting EEFIT and making the reports available via their website” said EEFIT Chairman Matthew Free. “We continue to expand the library of reports and have another two reports in the pipeline from the recent Sumatra and Samoa earthquake events of September this year”

The reports can be downloaded from the EEFIT section of the Institution of Structural Engineers website at 

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