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Tsunami, earthquake conference to explore lessons for California

January 3, 2012

Japanese nuclear power plant burns in aftermath of 2011 earthquake. (Photo/CNN)

Chapman University will host a half-day event Jan. 19 featuring speakers who will provide insight and education for both businesses and the general public on the lessons learned from the March 2011 Japanese Tohoku-Sendai earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. Implications for California’s businesses are the focus of the event with experts speaking on a range of topics from a first-hand overview of Japan’s recovery efforts to earthquake prediction advances, risk management and disaster preparedness.

“Every business along the Pacific Coast has a vested interest in disaster preparedness and recovery,” said Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., dean of Chapman’s Schmid College of Science and Technology. “The same holds for the general public. Learning from Japan’s experience is crucial given the similarities in population and nuclear energy production here.”

Experts from Chapman University’s Schmid College of Science and Technology, Caltech, UC Davis and businesses related to emerging technologies and energy services, as well as emergency preparedness, will discuss the science, economic implications and risks if or when a similar disaster strikes Southern California. Opening speaker Hiroo Kanamori of Caltech will have just returned from Japan prior to the conference and will provide an update on both the impact of the disaster and current recovery efforts. Business leaders, civic leaders, emergency planners and the energy sector are encouraged to attend.

The Chapman University Technology Group, a business partnership run by OCTANe and Chapman will host this event. The event is open to the public and registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit

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