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Preliminary Observations in the Aftermath of the November 30, 2018 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake

On Friday, November 30th, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Anchorage, Alaska. In the days following, an SOM engineering team deployed to Alaska to document damage and collect data on building performance and resiliency.

Patrick Murren and Samantha Walker traveled to Anchorage shortly after the earthquake struck and recorded their observations in a white paper. Along with SOM's Abel Diaz, the two previously collaborated on reconnaissance efforts in the wake of the 2017 Central Mexico earthquakes.

SOM has organized reconnaissance teams in the aftermath of several other major earthquakes, including the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the 1995 Kobe earthquake, and the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The objectives of these trips are: to observe damage and apparent building behavior; to try to understand and explain the reasons for observed damage; and to share the information gathered with other building professionals, researchers, and organizations in order to improve the state of knowledge on building performance in earthquakes so that cities can be made more resilient in the face of these natural disasters.