SOURCE: Seismic Risk Mitigation Forum

Seismic Risk Mitigation Forum

April 26, 2011 13:42 ET

Lessons Learned From Japan Earthquake and Tsunami to Be Addressed at Seismic Risk Mitigation Forum in San Francisco, May 2 - 3

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 26, 2011) - As Japan continues to rebuild after the devastating March 11th earthquake and tsunami, America's leading earthquake experts will gather in San Francisco May 2 - 3 for a forum to explore earthquake risk in America. The Seismic Risk Mitigation Leadership Forum will bring together scientists, emergency management professionals, policy makers and other experts to examine earthquake mitigation best practices, public policy efforts, communication success stories, and the latest research in mitigating earthquake risks.

Oakland, California Mayor Jean Quan will officially open the Forum with welcoming remarks. "With the Hayward Fault running right through our city and the San Andreas Fault nearby, Oakland and the Bay Area know that it's not a matter of 'if' but 'when' the next big earthquake will occur. We've made progress since the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, but we must improve. The lessons learned from the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan will help us save lives and improve our response during and after the next major earthquake in the Bay Area," said Mayor Quan.

Seismic Forum panels will address the recent Tohoku earthquake catastrophe, seismic mitigation technologies, public policy issues around earthquake preparedness and the needs of low income populations affected by earthquakes.

The panel discussion on the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami will be moderated by Dr. Charles Scawthorn, Professor Emeritus and Former Head of the Earthquake Disaster Prevention Systems Laboratory, Kyoto University, and current President of SPA Risk. Dr. Scawthorn recently participated in a fact-finding mission to Tohoku, Japan where he and others on this panel performed field reconnaissance of earthquake and tsunami-impacted areas. Joining Dr. Scawthorn's panel will be Dr. Stephen Mahin, Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), Dr. Ross Stein, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and Dr. Harry Yeh, the Edwards Chair of Coastal and Ocean Engineering at Oregon State University.

The Seismic Risk Mitigation Forum is the 6th in a series of Risk Mitigation Leadership Forums that bring together leading scientists, emergency management officials and public policy makers to examine natural disaster risk in America. The May 2 - 3 San Francisco Forum, being held at the Hilton San Francisco at Union Square, is the first aimed at seismic risk. A full agenda for the Forum is available at

Sponsors of the Forum include the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and WeatherPredict Consulting.

Due to space limitations, advanced media registration for the Forum is required. Media interested in covering the Forum, by attending in person, interviewing panelists by phone or receiving copies of presentations, can contact Forum media relations coordinator Greg Coppa at 401-294-4444, ext. 102, or by email at Greg can also be reached by cell phone at 401-523-2797.

Contact Information

    Greg Coppa
    (401) 294-4444, ext. 202
    (401) 523-2797