Honors Program


Date of this Version

Spring 2023

Document Type



Mullins, Paul. A Case Study of Seismic Design: Anchorage M7.1 (2018) Earthquake and the Eagle River Elementary School. Undergraduate Honors Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2023.


Copyright Paul Mullins 2023.


Seismic design is a significant part of modern life safety in a world that deals with increasingly frequent and harsh earthquakes that can impact thousands of buildings worldwide. This paper seeks to understand the seismic implications of the Anchorage, Alaska M7.1 2018 Earthquake on the Eagle River Elementary School. This earthquake occurred on November 30, 2018, and was the largest earthquake to hit the Alaskan region in over 50 years. This paper will describe the Anchorage M7.1 Earthquake and two past earthquakes that have improved modern seismic design. It will then delve into the specifics surrounding the construction and design of the Elementary School, utilizing the FEMA Rapid-Visual Screening form to predict seismic issues and concluding with why it is crucial to retrofit past buildings for future seismic activity.