Welcome to the EERI Training Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse!

EERI responds to earthquakes as a part of its Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) program. EERI often sends a reconnaissance team of earthquake risk mitigation experts to investigate earthquake impacts depending on the earthquake magnitude, location, extent of impacts on the built environment, funding constraints, and many other factors. The reconnaissance team makes a rapid, general damage survey of the affected area, documents initial important observations from the particular earthquake, and assesses the need for follow-up areas of research. Observations and findings from these teams are shared on EERI's Virtual Clearinghouses and support emergency response and recovery activities in the short term and improve the understanding of natural hazards and how to mitigate their impacts in the long term. This Training Earthquake Clearinghouse is intended to facilitate workshop training for post-earthquake reconnaissance and data collection.

What is A Virtual Clearinghouse?

Virtual Clearinghouses are part of EERI's Learning for Earthquakes (LFE) program. Beginning in 2009, EERI began to host a series of virtual earthquake clearinghouses after major earthquakes where information coming from the affected area could be quickly shared with members and others. These virtual clearinghouses are websites that contain early information provided by investigators from a variety of disciplines, including members of EERI reconnaissance teams. The virtual clearinghouses primarily capture ephemeral data about each event, but may also be updated with recovery and rebuilding information over time. For a complete list of EERI virtual clearinghouse sites and more information about the Learning From Earthquakes program, visit http://www.learningfromearthquakes.org.

How do I use this Training Earthquake Site?

EERI members and other investigators are encouraged to use the resources provided by this Training Earthquake Clearinghouse website to hold training workshops in their own regions and states. The Training Earthquake Clearinghouse site is modeled off of EERI's "real" Virtual Clearinghouse sites, but has been modified for workshop training that simulates field data collection, also refered to as "post-eartquake reconnaissance."

The Home page displays state-specific workshop tools in a searchable summary table. From the home page, users can also access the Data Map and Reconnaisance Photo Gallery.

  • The Data Map displays geolocated data that has been uploaded tp the Reconnaissance Photo Gallery EERI's reconnaissance tools. During real earthquake reconnaissance, EERI field teams or other contributors showing earthquake damage and impacts. Many of these photos are geolocated to allow field teams, researchers and those involved in the recovery effort to identify specific damage locations. The Photo Gallery is a database of these photos that can be searched for specific information.  Data Maps also overlay many data layers from other organizations including the USGS shake maps and ground motion stations when possible.

If you are interested in a particular topic, use the search bar at the top of the page to find information on specific subjects, navigate posts, and uncover related media articles. Additionally, use the search bar to explore the Photo Gallery to see what has been posted thus far.

Who is EERI?

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary technical society of engineers, practicing professionals, and researchers dedicated to reducing earthquake risk. For more information visit www.eeri.org.