Education in the wake of an earthquake

On Sept. 19, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked central Mexico. With a major seismic event expected to hit the Pacific Northwest in coming decades, engineers visited Mexico City recently to see what they could learn to apply here.

“One of the biggest challenges is to get people prepared and make it a priority for the earthquake that is coming,” said Brian Knight, a principal of WRK Engineers in Vancouver, Washington.

Knight traveled to the quake zone Sept. 28 to Oct. 5 as part of a team. He was joined by Erica Fischer, an assistant professor of structural engineering at Oregon State University; David Swanson, principal/director for structural engineering at Reid Middleton in Everett, Washington; Darin Aveyard, a Reid Middleton project engineer; and Kenny O’Neill, another Reid Middleton project engineer.

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