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Tsunami Preparedness: Understanding our Nation's Risk and Response

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Published on Mar 26, 2012

Tsunami Preparedness: Understanding our Nation's Risk and Response

Sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, American Geosciences Institute,
American Society of Civil Engineers, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
In partnership with the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies' National Research Council

Wednesday, 21 March 2012
2325 Rayburn House Office Building
12:00 -- 1:30 pm

The December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed over 230,000 people and displaced 1.7 million across 14 countries, was a wake-up call for nations around the world, stimulating governments to address tsunami hazards. In the United States, Congress passed legislation to improve tsunami warning systems, preparation and education. In the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, critical questions remain: How can we better understand the causes and characteristics of tsunamis? How can we use this information to provide better warnings? How can we prepare communities to more effectively respond and recover from potentially devastating events?

Eddie Bernard, Ph.D.
Scientist Emeritus, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

John Orcutt, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

John Schelling
Earthquake/Tsunami Program Manager for Washington State Emergency Management Division

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