Power Breakfast: Assessing Earthquake Risk Reduction In The U.S. | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Power Breakfast: Assessing Earthquake Risk Reduction In The U.S.

Play associated audio

"To work on risk factors, to work on research and setting model codes...as well as deep-science to work on prediction. That legislation was not taken up in the Senate," Wu says.

Then Japan happened. That prompted California Senator Barbara Boxer to pick up the bill in the Senate and Wu to reintroduce it in the House.

"It's a long and not very sexy acronym -- NEHRP -- National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. I believe..." he says.

Today, a subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee has a hearing on assessing earthquake risk reduction in the U.S. Wu has good reason to take an interest in the issue: it's called the Cascadia Fault.

"It is about 250 miles long...it's a little bit off the coast of Washington and California in addition to the entire coast of Oregon," Wu explains. "Periodically, about every 300 years or so, this fault line has had magnitude 9.0 earthquakes."

He says "every 300 years or so"... and we're well into the "or so."

Wu: "We are at year 309."
Elizabeth Wynne Johnson: "Well that's not good." Wu: "No, it's not good. The last one was in 1701."

To be fair, that 300 year interval is just an average. Over the last 12,000 years, the actual intervals range from 200 years to almost a thousand years.

Still.

NPR

'Battle Creek' Tries To Shake Up CBS' Cop Show Formula

CBS' new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It's among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.
NPR

Italian Cheese Lovers Find Their Bovine Match Through 'Adopt A Cow'

The cheeses of the Italian Alps are prized for their flavor. But the tradition of cheese-making here is dying off. Now remaining farmers are banding together around an unusual adoption program.
NPR

Supreme Court To Weigh Power Of Redistricting Commissions

Although the court has viewed gerrymandering of legislative districts as a practice that deprives citizens of fair representation, it's also thrown up its hands when it comes to policing the practice.
NPR

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.