Wednesday, March 23, 2011

California updates plans for tsunami danger

Damages along the Californian coast have reached up to $50 million.

Scientists at the California Geological Survey (CGS) are visiting every port city along California's coast to detail the affects of the tsunami that hit the coast as a result of the March 11 earthquake in Japan.

Rick Wilson, and engineering geologist for the California Geological Survey has said, the CGS is now planning maps to help land-use planners assess hazards to buildings near shores and harbors as well as provide a guide to danger zones where new construction might be avoided.  The new maps will not be ready for a year or two.  The maps are primarily based on a worst case scenario of a 9.2 magnitude earthquake in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska).

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New evacuations plans are also being developed for future tsunamis.

It is good to know that we are learning from this disastrous event so that we can be better prepared in the future.

1 comment:

  1. We'll see how this gets implemented. Oregon is at great risk for earthquake damage because their infrastructure is so outdated. But we are in a recession, states are impoverishes, and we're generally not good at preparing for diffuse risks. So it will be interesting to see how this gets used.