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Symposium Marks 20th Anniversary of Northridge Earthquake
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM.

The Northridge 20 Earthquake Symposium will take place in Los Angeles on January 16-17, 2014.
Organized by FEMA, the symposium commemorates the 20th anniversary of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Northridge, Calif., on January 17, 1994 that resulted in 57 deaths, thousands injured and over $20 billion in direct damage. The earthquake spurred important changes to the current practice of earthquake engineering and risk mitigation worldwide. These changes included modifications to building codes for vulnerable steel structures and multi-unit wood buildings, reexamination of near-field and basin effects for seismic sources and radical modifications to the risk assessment and insurance sectors. AISC is a sponsor of the event and has organized a track of steel sessions, scheduled for January 17.
Northridge 20 will open with a multidisciplinary plenary session, “Northridge Earthquake: Impacts, Outcomes, and Next Steps,” and continue with concurrent technical and educational sessions on a wide variety of related topics. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the impacts of the earthquake, highlight accomplishments of the past two decades and identify necessary steps forward to make our communities more resilient to future earthquakes.
More information, including registration details, speakers list, agenda and participating organizations, are available on the event website at

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