Japan earthquake – one year later

March 7th, 2012

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan, killing more than 15,000 people. A year later, thousands are still missing. The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant suffered major damage and resulted in the evacuation of over 100,000 people. It is still not known if the costly clean-up of communities affected by the disaster will ever be inhabitable again. The following Boston University experts are available to comment on the possibility of future earthquakes in the region, radiation issues, hopeful signs for the country, and the resilience of Japanese survivors.

William Grimes, Chair of the Department of International Relations; an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy. He helped to found BU’s Center for the Study on Asia. Contact Grimes at 617-353-9420; wgrimes@bu.edu
In March 2011, Grimes appeared on NECN’s This Week in Business to discuss the Economic impact of Japanese earthquake

Colleen Dalton, an earth sciences professor whose research involves the investigation of the Earth’s interior using seismic waves generated by earthquakes. Contact Dalton at 617-358-5433; dalton@bu.edu
Dalton spoke to NECN in March 2011 on Why it’s hard to predict when, where earthquakes strike

Merry White, an anthropology professor and an expert on Japanese culture. She can offer perspective on the meaning of ‘disaster’ in Japan. Contact White at 617-353-7711; corky@bu.edu
Appearing on Fox & Friends, White discussed the role culture plays in the aftermath of a tragedy.

Lewis Pepper, assistant professor in environmental health. He has studied the effects of radiation on nuclear weapons workers. Contact Pepper at 617-638-4620; lpepper@bu.edu
Pepper spoke to the BBC on the courage of the Japanese workers

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