2012 Conference Program
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Alumni Conference Banquet Keynote Presentation
The 2011 Japan Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami: Field Observations and Lessons Learned
Ricardo A. Medina, Ph.D., P.E.
Department of Civil Engineering
University of New Hampshire
Dr. Medina will provide his first-hand account of impacts of the moment magnitude 9.0 Japan Tohoku Earthquake of March 11, 2011, which is one of the five largest earthquakes in the world since 1900 and the largest known earthquake to hit Japan. This event generated a tsunami with tsunami waves of up to 40 m (130 ft) that in some cases traveled up to 10 km (6 mi) inland. The tsunami caused significant damage to the northeastern coastal area of the main island of Japan that, in conjunction with six major aftershocks of moment magnitude 7.0 or larger, resulted in approximately 15,500 casualties, 6,000 injuries, 5,000 missing persons, 225,000 housing units collapsed, 434,000 housing units partially damaged, and 32,000 non-residential buildings damaged. Dr. Medina’s talk will focus on damage he personally observed in the towns of Sendai, Ishinomaki, Onagawa, Minamisanriku, and Kesennuma along the northeastern coast of Japan during a technical visit held in October 2011. Dr. Medina will discuss: seismological characteristics of the earthquake; general characteristics of the tsunami; tsunami-induced damage; earthquake and tsunami preparedness, warning and response; and lessons learned from an engineering and disaster response perspectives.
Lunch Keynote Speaker: Blaine Leonard, ASCE
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