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IISEE NEWSLETTER NO.42 (issued on July 23, 2009)


  1. Renewal of IISEE website
  2. Translation of IISEE-UNESCO Lecture Notes to local languages
  3. Book Review: Fundamental Concepts of Earthquake Engineering
  4. News of ex-participant's death


[1] Renewal of IISEE website

The IISEE website provides up-to-date information in the fields of
seismology, earthquake engineering, and earthquake disaster mitigation
for ex-participants, researchers, engineers, and all visitors. The website
was renewed recently. Please visit the following website.
We would like to ask you to link this website in the website of your

'IISEE Net and Training' on the top page provides the following information:
Information Network of Earthquake Disaster Prevention Technologies (IISEE
IISEE-UNESCO Lecture Notes
IISEE E-learning
Synopsis Database
'Earthquakes' on the top page provides the following information related to
earthquakes and earthquake observations:
BRI Strong Motion Observation
Reports of recent earthquakes
Damaging earthquakes in the world
IISEE's CMTs, Aftershock Distributions, Fault planes, and Rupture processes
for recent large earthquakes in the world

Director, IISEE

[2] Translation of IISEE-UNESCO Lecture Notes to local languages

The second session meeting of the IPRED (International Platform for
Reducing Earthquake Disaster) was held together with UNESCO-IPRED-ITU
workshop at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in Turkey on 5-7 July
2009. In the meeting, the IISEE proposed how to deal with the request to
translate IISEE-UNESCO Lecture Notes in local languages, and it was
approved. It contains that the IPRED members and the UNESCO take
responsibility for translation to their languages and other languages,
respectively. For the detail, please refer to the guideline that will be
carried on the IISEE website soon.
IISEE-UNESCO Lecture Notes Archive:

Chief Engineerer, IISEE

[3] Book Review: Fundamental Concepts of Earthquake Engineering

"Fundamental Concepts of Earthquake Engineering" presents the concepts,
procedures, and code provisions that are currently being used to make
structures as earthquake-resistant as is presently feasible. The book begins
by describing the purpose, main aspects, and historical development of
earthquake engineering and provides an overview of the type and extent of
damage an earthquake can produce. It then introduces the concepts of
seismology, the mechanisms of earthquake generation and propagation, and the
difference between the various scales used to quantify the size of an
earthquake and its potential to cause damage. The book also discusses the
response spectrum and the different ways earthquake ground motions may be
characterized and how local soil conditions may affect ground motion
characteristics. Later chapters examine the design spectrum, conventional
methods used to calculate the response of structures, soil-structure
systems, and nonstructural components to earthquake ground motions.  The
book also offers an introductory description of modern techniques for the
protection of structures against earthquake effects.

Roberto Villaverde (1971-72E, Mexico)

[4] News of ex-participant's death

The sad news of ex-participant's death that we received is as follows.

Mr. Marcelo Horacio MILLAN (1982-83S, Argentina) passed away in 2008.

We pray sincerely for the repose of his soul.
Also we are really grateful to the ex-participant who gave us information



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