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EERI San Diego Chapter Dinner and Presentation on May 25, 6:00-8:30pm

May 13, 2011

Our student chapter had a chance to join the San Diego Regional Chapter’s meeting in the past and we have also invited Dr. Jorge Meneses and Dr. Matthew Tobolshi to speak in our seminars. On May 25, San Diego Regional Chapter is having a dinner meeting at The Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant. This is a wonderful opportunity for us students to meet with local professionals and expand our social network.

All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join us. Please register for the event by May 23.

Information about meeting topic and form of payment for the dinner are listed below.

The Great East Japan Earthquake:  Lessons for California and San Diego

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The M 9.0 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 resulted in approximately $300 billion in losses in a region with a high population density. A huge tsunami caused devastation mainly to lowlands along the eastern Japanese coast. The Japanese National Police Agency has confirmed about 15,000 deaths, more than 5,000 injured and more than 10,000 people still missing. This is the most costly natural disaster in history. In addition, the tsunami has caused an unprecedented nuclear crisis with the most serious accident at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

What are lessons learned from this event? How can we apply these lessons learned to California and San Diego? A panel of distinguished speakers will respond to these questions and entice discussion with the audience. These speakers include: Dr. Jorge Meneses (Kleinfelder), Dr. Mitsuo Nozu (Fudo-Tetra, Japan), Prof. Atsushi Tago (Kobe University, Japan), Dr. Matthew Tobolski (Tobolski Watkins Engineering), and Kathy Yhip (San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station).

Jorge Meneses will provide an overview of the mega-earthquake and tsunami, and present his findings and observations from his GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance) mission; Mitsuo Nozu will present in detail the damage caused by liquefaction and lateral spreading in Urayasu City, Tokyo Bay; Atsushi Tago will describe the impact of the mega earthquake and tsunami to the people of the most affected Sendai region; Matthew Tobolski will provide a discussion of a variety of hazards that are traditionally considered when performing design of nuclear facilities; and Kathy Yhip will describe the twin reactor units at Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and a status of current safety conditions.

Venue, Date and time
The Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant located on 2150 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92101, Wednesday, May 25, 2010; 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

$35 / EERI members
$40 / non-EERI members
$25 / Students and Government Employees

Payment in the form of cash or check payable to EERI will be accepted at the door. Additionally, Mastercard and Visa credit cards will also be accepted but processed after the meeting. Please register for the event by Monday, May 23rd by contacting Lelli Van Den Einde at or (858) 822-2188.

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