Register for the 2012 National Earthquake Conference

Online Registration is now OPEN for the National Earthquake Conference.  Register here.

With the theme of “Learning from the Past to Protect the Future,” the joint National Earthquake Conference and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Annual Conference program commemorates the 200th anniversary of the historic series of strong earthquakes that struck the New Madrid seismic zone in late 1811 and early 1812. It will feature many lessons from recent and historic earthquakes that are applicable to the practice of U.S. professionals. The meeting is jointly hosted by EERI and the earthquake consortia*, and will consist of both plenary and concurrent sessions to ensure an abundance of offerings for engineers, scientists, emergency managers, and policy makers. Visit http://2012am.eeri.org/ for information about the program, the hotel, and how to submit abstracts for one of the poster sessions (deadline January 23).

Register by January 31: $395

January 31 to March 15: $450

After March 15: $550

Webcast|Magnitude 9.0 Paradigm Shift: Post‐Disaster Reconnaissance of Tohoku, Japan

CREW is hosting a Webcast Series on Earthquake Recovery and Mitigation over the next year. This series will assist in the delivery of information and model community recovery and mitigation practices across national and international borders. Through communication and sharing, the webcasts will enhance development projects, foster collaborative leadership opportunities and reduce collective Research & Development costs while creating holistic outcomes.

Webcast | Magnitude 9.0 Paradigm Shift: Post‐Disaster Reconnaissance of Tohoku, Japan, presented by Jay Wilson

This presentation highlights the catastrophic impacts from a M 9.0 earthquake and tsunami to coastal areas of NE Japan. Discussions address the loss of emergency and other government functions and observations from the perspective of a local emergency manager from Oregon. Will Oregon make this paradigm shift before or after the coming Cascadia event?

Jay Wilson has been a professional emergency a manager since 1997 and his career has focused on hazard mitigation. He has been the Hazard Mitigation Coordinator for Clackamas County since 2008 and he currently serves on the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Commission. Jay has previously worked for Oregon Emergency Management as the Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Program Coordinator, with FEMA as a reservist for Community Outreach and Education for Mitigation and also for the Cities of Oakland and Berkeley as an Earthquake Program Coordinator.  Jay holds a MA in Geography and a BA in Film.

Northwest Begins Work on Earthquake Early Warning System

A research grant announced Tuesday will allow seismologists to take the first steps toward an early warning system for earthquakes in the Northwest. An operational system is still a long way off, but it could eventually resemble the computerized warnings pioneered in Japan.  The $2 million grant from the Moore Foundation to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is part of a $6 million grant shared by the University of California Berkeley, Caltech, and the USGS.  Prototype systems should be completed within the 3-year grant period.