Serial No. 112-13: Are We Prepared? Assessing Earthquake Risk Reduction in the United States, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, April 7, 2011   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of Benjamin Quayle: "In light of the devastating effects of the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck off the coast of northern Japan on March 11th, many countries are examining their own level of preparedness. The scale of the human tragedy is difficult to comprehend, and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan. It is always a challenge to measure how prepared we are for the next unexpected event, and whether current efforts are adequate. Although earthquake risks vary across the country, portions of all 50 states are vulnerable to these hazards. Twenty-six urban areas in 14 different U.S. states face significant seismic risk. My own district in Arizona does not lie on top of a major subduction zone or fear the threat of tsunamis. But I believe today's topic is important for all of us. Earthquake catastrophes have the potential not only to destroy lives and buildings, but also to wreak havoc on civil and industrial infrastructure and the national economy. […] The impacts and consequences of a major earthquake are felt on a global scale. These hazards consequently represent a serious threat to both national security and global commerce. Given our current economic situation, it would be even more painful for the United States to endure a disastrous earthquake, the socioeconomic effects of which would reverberate for decades." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Benjamin Quayle, David Wu, Jack Hayes, Jim Mullen, Chris Poland, Vicki McConnell, and Randy Neugebauer.

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