Life in the Subduction Zone: The Recent Nisqually Quake and Federal Efforts to Reduce Earthquake Hazards: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Research, Committee on Science, United States, House of Representatives, One Hundred and Seventh Congress, First Session, March 21, 2001   [open pdf - 573KB]

From the opening statement of Nick Smith: "At a little before 11 on the morning of February 28th, a large earthquake shook the Seattle, Washington, area, injuring 410 people and causing over $2 billion in damages. [...] The US Geological Survey indicates that 39 states are subject to serious earthquake risk, and 75 million people live in urban areas with moderate to high earthquake risk. The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates annualized losses due to earthquakes in the U.S. at $4.4 billion. [...] In today's hearing we will hear how some of these programs had an impact before, during, and after the Nisqually earthquake, and how the lessons learned from the quake could help mitigate the effects of future quakes. In particular, I'm interested to learn about some of the new technologies-including more sensitive ground-based equipment and satellite-based sensors for monitoring fault movements-as well as efforts to provide real-time warnings or more accurate predictions of earthquakes." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Eddie Bernice Johnson, Brian Baird, John R. Filson, Priscilla P. Nelson, Stephen Palmer, M. Meghan Miller, Margaret Lawless, Valentin Shustov, and FEMA.

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