Earthquake Clearinghouses and Reconnaissance Coordination

Earthquake Clearinghouses

Physical Earthquake Clearinghouses:

A physical earthquake clearinghouse provides a location where field investigators can come together to coordinate and share observations. Through LFE, EERI plans to operate a physical earthquake clearinghouse location following a major earthquake in the US. EERI may also participate in physical earthquake clearinghouses established for international earthquakes. In the US, a physical earthquake clearinghouse will be set up & running within 24 hours after an earthquake as near to area of the earthquake as practical. When possible, the physical earthquake clearinghouse will be co-located with FEMA’s DFO or other local response field office if possible. In California, EERI is Vice-Chair of the California Earthquake Clearinghouse. EERI is currently working with regional chapters to prepare for physical earthquake clearinghouse operations in Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

 Virtual Earthquake Clearinghouses:

Beginning in 2009, EERI created 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 contain early information provided by investigators from a variety of disciplines, including members of EERI reconnaissance teams. EERI has established over 20 virtual clearinghouse websites for major earthquakes since 2009, all of which can be access through the LFE Reconnaissance Archive.

International Reconnaissance Coordination

Through LFE, EERI has taken a strong earthquake reconnaissance coordination role that fosters collaboration between the many teams that conduct reconnaissance and helps to reduce the duplication of efforts. In this coordination role, EERI tracks teams and individuals conducting reconnaissance, coordinates with local partners to reduce the burden of incoming reconnaissance teams, and conducts regular coordination calls that allow teams to coordinate investigations and share observations.