Spearheading Reconnaissance in Alaska

Published on December 13, 2018


Earthquake damage on Vine Road, near Wasilla, Alaska, on Nov. 30, 2018. (Image Credit: Marc Lester - Anchorage Daily News/AP)


The Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) Network is pleased to release its Preliminary Virtual Assessment Team (P-VAT) Report for the November 30, 2018 Alaska Earthquake. Of particular note is the collaboration with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), joint publishers of this document which integrates the narrative report of the StEER Virtual Assessment Team with the briefing prepared by EERI’s Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT). The full EERI VERT Briefing is included as an appendix to this report and cross referenced throughout.

This report gathers this wealth of publicly-available information, (i) overviewing the hazard characteristics event, (ii) summarizing the preliminary reports of damage to wide-ranging of infrastructure, (iii) presenting data from instrumented structures, (iv) enhancing situational awareness to guide subsequent reconnaissance missions, and (v) fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange between StEER and EERI. The P-VAT report represents the first product of StEER’s larger coordinated response to this event, informing and supporting other research teams seeking to learn from this disaster.

This report is in the process of curation at DesignSafe under Project PRJ-2153, DOI forthcoming.


For details on work in Alaska, please join the DesignSafe #Alaska channel. For details on StEER efforts, contact Tracy Kijewski-Correa: tkijewsk@nd.edu.