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Memo to Reporters Covering the Northwest Earthquake
28 February 2001

Experts from the University of California, Berkeley, are available for interviews about the 6.8 magnitude quake that hit the Seattle area at 10:55 a.m. today.

General quake information
Experts at the UC Berkeley Seismographic Laboratory can provide specific information about today's quake as well as general information about previous quake activity in the Seattle area.

Lind Gee, seismologist (510) 643-9449
Bob Uhrhammer, seismologist (510) 642-3977

Earthquake engineering - buildings, bridges, freeways, utility systems

Jack Moehle
Director, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, a multi-university organization headquartered at UC Berkeley's Richmond Field Station
Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(510) 231-9554
(510) 642-0697
E-mail: moehle@peer.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Reinforced concrete structures, bridge and building design, seismic testing methods.

Stephen Mahin
Thrust area leader, capacity assessment, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(510) 231-9421
(510) 642-4021
E-mail: mahin@ce.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Behavior and design of structures, seismic isolation of bridges and buildings, laboratory testing of structures.

Gregory Fenves
Thrust area leader, demand assessment, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(510) 231-9491
(510) 643-8543
E-mail: fenves@ce.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Structural analysis, structural dynamics, computer-aided earthquake engineering, seismic vulnerability of gas and electric distribution systems.

Geotechnical engineering - ground motion, liquefaction

Jonathan Bray
Researcher, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(510) 642-9843 Office
E-mail: bray@ce.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Geotechnical engineering, ground motion, liquefaction, seismic impact on structures such as dams, landfills and embankments.

Nicholas Sitar
Researcher, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(510) 643-8623
E-mail: nsitar@ce.berkeley.edu
Areas of expertise: Geotechnical engineering, landslides, stability of natural and reinforced slopes.
This coming weekend, Sitar plans to head to Washington to examine landslides resulting from the quake.

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