On April 1, 2013 a group of scientists and engineers met in Seattle to establish a new Washington chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. The group elected David Gonzalez of Degenkolb Engineers as president and Pooja Jain of Moffatt and Nichols as Secretary-Treasurer. The first meeting with a program will be likely be held in June, 2013.
A 23-page report by an EERI reconnaissance team on the Societal Dimensions of the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan (Tohoku) Earthquake and Tsunami is now available online. It covers the topics of emergency management, casualties, emergency shelter and housing, economic impacts, debris management, recovery planning, and research questions for each topic.
The EERI report is available here.