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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HAZUS Predicts Massive Damage From Seattle Earthquake

This past week, dozens of emergency managers, geologists and state and local preparedness planners gathered in Seattle at the 5th annual Hazus conference. FEMA’s HAZUS is a loss estimation modeling program for earthquakes and can help communites prepare for earthquakes. KOMO News wrote an article on potential damage from a Seattle Earthquake (click here to see the article).  CREW has used HAZUS to develop different earthquake scenarios that can be found here.

Japan Tsunami Fuels Sense of Urgency in Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach has been proactive on preparing for earthquakes, with a vital emergency preparations committee, leadership and citizens. Cannon Beach recently completed 2 important studies,  one on geotechnical conditions which confirmed weak soils at the existing city hall location, and another on tsunami evacuation simulation.  Please see more details from The Oregonian here.