John Aho: Engineer Pushed for Seismic Safety in Alaska Ahead of 2018 Earthquake

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John Aho is one of ENR's 2018 Top 25 Newsmakers.

February 6, 2019
Christine Kilpatrick - Engineering News-Record

The son of a pioneer bush pilot in Alaska, structural engineer John Aho spent decades working toward earthquake preparedness. He helped found a key seismic safety commission in the state, and serves on the City of Anchorage’s geotechnical advisory group. The fruits of his labor were clearly demonstrated on the morning of Nov. 30, when the magnitudes 7.0 and 5.7 earthquakes that struck the city caused limited structural damage, partly due to stringent building requirements.

Ms. Kilpatrick may be contacted at kilpatrickc@enr.com



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