Napa Earthquake Briefing Video Now Available

Napa Earthquake Briefing Video Now Available

Video of the September 15, 2014, reconnaissance briefing of preliminary observations from the South Napa Earthquake of August 24, 2014 is now online. The event was co-hosted by Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) in the Banatao Auditorium at CITRIS at UC Berkeley. The briefing drew more than 100 people to the live event with over 1,170 attendees watching online via webcast provided by CITRIS audiovisual services.

Watch the video recording on PEER’s YouTube channel at

Video description: Reconnaissance briefing of preliminary observations from the August 24, 2014 South Napa Earthquake, cohosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) at UC Berkeley on September 15, 2014.

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) is a multi-institutional research and education center with headquarters at the University of California, Berkeley. Investigators from over 20 universities, several consulting companies, plus researchers at various State and Federal government agencies contribute to research programs focused on performance-based earthquake engineering in disciplines including structural and geotechnical engineering, geology/seismology, lifelines, transportation, risk management, and public policy.

The PEER mission is to develop, validate, and disseminate performance-based seismic design technologies for buildings and infrastructure to meet the diverse economic and safety needs of owners and society. PEER’s research defines appropriate performance targets, and develops engineering tools and criteria that can be used by practicing professionals to achieve those targets, such as safety, cost, and post-earthquake functionality.

In addition to conducting research to develop performance-based earthquake engineering technology, PEER actively disseminates its findings to earthquake professionals who are involved in the practice of earthquake engineering, through various mechanisms including workshops, conferences and the PEER Report Series.

PEER was established as a consortium of nine West Coast Universities in 1996 and gained status as a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center in 1997. PEER graduated from NSF Funding in 2008 and is now supported by federal, state, local and regional agencies together with industry partners. Despite this funding shift, PEER continues to grow and remains an active earthquake engineering research center with a wide spectrum of technical activities and projects. PEER now has eleven Core Institutions but also actively involves researchers, educators, students, and earthquake professionals from across the US and worldwide.

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For more information contact:

Grace Kang, SE, PEER Director of Communications at 510-642-3462,

Image: PEER Director Steve Mahin delivers opening remarks. Image courtesy PEER.