Call for Papers: SRL Focus Section on the 30 November, 2018 Anchorage Earthquake

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Seismological Research Letters (SRL) announces a Focus Section on the 30 November, 2018 Anchorage earthquake. The M7.1 intraslab earthquake struck under Alaska’s most densely populated urban area, and generated the strongest ground motions in south-central Alaska since the M9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake. The normal-faulting rupture originated inside the subducting Pacific Plate and generally propagated upward and northward toward the plate interface. The mainshock was followed by an extremely active aftershock sequence, with thousands of events recorded in the following months. Strong ground motions across the Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Valley areas caused major impacts to the built environment and local economy, estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In this SRL focus section, we invite contributions from all fields addressing an array of topics including, but not limited to, the mainshock source, aftershock analysis, rupture propagation, ground motion observations, geodetic data analysis, geotechnical impacts to the built environment, ground failures, hydrologic response, tsunami assessment, etc. We also seek perspectives that address community preparedness, mitigation measures, resiliency to seismic hazards and lessons learned.

Guest editors for this focus section are:

Natalia Ruppert, University of Alaska Fairbanks,
Robert Witter, US Geological Survey,

Interested authors, please send inquiries and notices of intent to Natalia Ruppert at

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 19 July 2019 (early submissions are encouraged and will be processed immediately upon submission)
Acceptance Deadline: 1 November 2019
Published Issue: SRL January-February 2020

Submit manuscripts via SRL Editorial Manager using the article type “Focus Section on the 30 November, 2018 Anchorage Earthquake.” View the detailed instructions on how to prepare an SRL manuscript.

Note that the recommended length for SRL focus-section submissions is now the same as SRL regular articles: 6,000 words, 10 figures, and three tables. Articles accepted to this focus section will be published online ahead of print.

Address questions about scientific issues to the guest editors or SRL Editor-in-Chief Zhigang Peng. Address questions about submissions to SRL Managing Editor Mary George.