Tsunami surveys in Chile

Sebastian Araya, our in-house expert in geospatial analysis and a Chilean native, was part of an interdisciplinary team with expertise in tsunami hazard assessment, mitigation, education, and outreach that visited Chile from March 26 to April 3, 2010. The team conducted interviews with local officials, journalists, first responders, health professionals, and the general public to learn about pre-event planning, response, and recovery issues associated with the magnitude 8.8 earthquake and resulting tsunami on February 27, 2010. Sebastian has participated on several surveys with the UNESCO-affiliated International Tsunami Survey Team over the last 10 years.

The tsunami survey team was led by Lori Dengler, chair of Humboldt State University’s Department of Geology, with an ultimate goal of providing insight to tsunami impacts and to improve readiness for the north coast of California.  The group presented their findings at a colloquium at HSU on April 26 and prepared a summary report for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) newsletter. A preliminary report of their findings has been posted here.

Posted 10 May 2010