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Scientific and humanitarian lessons from the Haiti and Japan earthquakes

The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti was not particularly large. Magnitude 7 events happen dozens of times a year around the world. But this one killed a near-record number of people. What did scientists and the public know or not know about earthquake hazards in Haiti?

The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti was not particularly large. Magnitude 7 events happen dozens of times a year around the world. But this one killed a near-record number of people. What did scientists and the public know or not know about earthquake hazards in Haiti? Scientists knew that the area was likely to experience an earthquake of this size, but because such earthquakes had not occurred in Haiti for the past 240 years, public awareness was negligible. Building codes were non-existent, resulting in huge losses of life. On the other hand, the massive earthquake in Japan in March 2011 resulted in fewer deaths, while its tsunami wreaked widespread devastation. 

At a recent installment of OMSI's Science Pub at the Mission Theater, audience members listened to Dr. Wayne D. Pennington explain the scientific aspects of both the Haiti and Japan earthquakes, including ongoing and future risks and implications for the United States, and an overview of the relief and reconstruction efforts in Haiti. [more]

Possible low elevation snow tonight, Tuesday morning

According to the National Weather Service, colder weather and low elevation snow are possible tonight (3/5) and early Tuesday morning (3/6) for the Portland metro area.

Weather map - 2012-03-05According to the National Weather Service, colder weather and low elevation snow are possible tonight (3/5) and early Tuesday morning (3/6) for the Portland metro area.

 

A strong cold front will move across southwest Washington and northwest Oregon today bringing much colder air into the region. Heavy precipitation with the front will draw the snow level lower than normal during the day today and it is possible that some mixed rain and snow may fall at the higher elevations of the Willamette Valley.

 

Snow showers are expected to be spotty with accumulations of up to one inch mostly in the hills above 200 feet. However, if moisture becomes more organized after midnight tonight, more significant accumulations are possible. Showers are expected to end Tuesday morning with temperatures warming into the mid 40s.

 

Check the latest forecast by clicking here or visiting PublicAlerts.org.

Click here to see how the City is preparing for the inclement weather.