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.

“Megathrust Earthquakes” A special program from KQED “Quest” broadcast from San Francisco and on-line

KQED and KTCS produced a new program about megathrust earthquakes and the threat to the Cascadia Region. The program first airs in the Bay Area on  Wed Sep 21 at 7:30pm, on KQED 9. The program is also available on line at: megathrust earthquakes.

EERI releases report on Societal Impacts related to Great East Japan earthquake

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.

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