Video from the EERI San Diego Chapter Meeting May 25, 2011

March 19, 2012 by  
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The M9.0 Japan Earthquake: Lessons for California and San Diego

The M 9.0 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 resulted in approximately $300 billion in losses in a region with a high population density. A huge tsunami caused devastation mainly to lowlands along the eastern Japanese coast. The Japanese National Police Agency has confirmed about 15,000 deaths, more than 5,000 injured and more than 10,000 people still missing. This is the most costly natural disaster in history. In addition, the tsunami has caused an unprecedented nuclear crisis with the most serious accident at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.  What are lessons learned from this event? How can we apply these lessons learned to California and San Diego?


The video includes the following panel of distinguished speakers who provided an overview and responded to questions at this meeting:

  • Dr. Jorge Meneses (Kleinfelder) – provided an overview of the mega-earthquake and tsunami, and presented his findings and observations from his GEER reconnaissance.
  • Dr.Mitsuo Nozu (Fudo-Tetra, Japan) – presented details of the damage caused by liquefaction and lateral spreading in Urayasu City, Tokyo Bay.
  • Prof. Atsushi Tago (Kobe University, Japan) – described the impact of the mega earthquake and tsunami to the people of the most affected Sendai region.
  • Dr. Matthew Tobolski (Tobolski Watkins Engineering) – provided a discussion of a variety of hazards that are traditionally considered when performing design of nuclear facilities.
  • Kathy Yhip (San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station) – described the twin reactor units at Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and a status of current safety conditions.

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