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From the Editor
We feel immense sorrow for the loss and devastation experienced by the Japanese people as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. We honor their resilience and innovation and we stand with them as ramifications of the disaster continue to be realized worldwide.
The geologic environ of the Pacific Northwest includes a subduction zone that is remarkably similar to the source of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that rocked Japan and unleashed a devastating tsunami. Experts predict that Oregon is about 60 years overdue for a similar earthquake, and in some ways we are woefully unprepared.
Many of Oregon State University’s engineering faculty are among the world’s foremost researchers in the science of earthquakes, tsunamis, and nuclear power. As they continue to analyze current events to aid their ability to address and solve the world’s most pressing problems, they have also been in the news a lot lately. In this issue, you’ll find several links to articles on the Web that discuss their views and ongoing scientific contributions.
Thuy T. Tran
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