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Special EERI Seminar on April 8, 2011 – 2pm

March 31, 2011


Baja California 7.2 Earthquake: Three Perspectives on Ground Motions, Geotechnical and Structural Responses


SERF 341


April 8, 2011 – 2 pm

Guest Speakers:

Jorge Meneses, Ph.D, P.E.; Kleinfelder

James Gingery, P.E.; Kleinfelder

P. Benson Shing, Ph.D.; Structural Engineering Department, UCSD


The 2010, Mw 7.2 Baja California (El Mayor-Cucapah) earthquake occurred on Sunday, April 4, 2010 in northern Baja California at a depth of about 10 km (6.2 miles), approximately 47 km (29 miles) SSE from Mexicali, BC, 51 km (32 miles) SSE from Calexico, California, and 180 km (120 miles) SE from San Diego, California. This was the largest event in the area since 1892, even larger than the M 6.9 earthquake in 1940. The earthquake was felt throughout Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and Baja California, Mexico. Effects of the earthquake were felt on buildings, transportation infrastructure, water and water waste treatment systems, and nonstructural aspects.

In this seminar the three speakers will focus on the ground motions, and the geotechnical and structural responses from this event.  Each speaker will present for approximately 20 minutes with an open discussion afterwards.

This event is sponsored by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) student chapter at UCSD.

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