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Oklahoma Tornado 2013

Rebuilding After a Tornado

The powerful EF5 tornado that devastated a 17-mile long and 1.3-mile wide path through Moore, Oklahoma, demonstrates the intense and destructive forces imposed on the built environment and public safety.

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ASCE Resources

Selected ASCE papers discuss strategies for reducing loss of life and property damage when this natural hazard occurs. These articles are available in the ASCE Library, free to registered users and subscribers through July 31, 2013.

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Tornado-proof homes? Andrew Graettinger, co-author of the book Joplin, Missouri, Tornado of May 22, 2011, discusses lessons learned.

NBC, Monday, May 20, 2013

NPR, Wednesday, May 22, 2013  



2013 China Earthquake -- Reconnaissance Team Journal

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake devastated an area of Sichuan province in southwestern China on April 20, 2013, killing more than 200 people and injuring 12,000 others. With reports of extensive damage to lifeline infrastructure, including water, telecommunications and power, a three-person team from ASCE and the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering is spending two days investingating the affected area to study the temblor's severity, to see if lessons from a 2008 quake on the same fault line had been applied, and if so, to assess how successful those efforts were in terms of saving lives and limiting damage and disruptions this time. Team member Alex Tang, P.E. F.ASCE, relays a first-person account of the team's experiences and informal findings from each day of their exploration of the earthquake zone.