Mar 15, 2011|
Learning From Japan; Haiti Quakes
Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)
Let's go live to Haiti at the scene of last year's massive earthquake. Our guest on the live line live from Haiti is -- -- the -- professor of engineering at the State University of New York Karen buffalo. A professor Philip Charles thank you for joining us. First a volume your reaction to what happened in Japan while you were on another mission. Looking out to recovery on the rebuilding of Haiti what was your reaction to what happened in Japan. Oh what happened in Japan is quite extraordinary endurance. It's called a gentle deep and so on but it's. It's a country do very well prepared for earthquakes and -- it -- -- would have been only two earthquakes -- had to deal with. Probably. The number of casualties would have been relatively small now what we're -- here it's such a multiple hazard where. Although the earthquake triggered. The situation. Courses and I -- came after. And in the fire -- -- the problem not wouldn't Accuray reactors stole. What comes to mind is the capabilities of of a country -- community to deal with not only one hazard a multiple Judge Judy has been and that's something that. We are trying many many organizations are trying to look at impressed with. It's phenomenon that you know infrastructures in -- on May be subjected to multiple hazard -- or aren't. Professor how equipped is Japan to deal with all of this I mean is this like uncharted territory all that's happened there are they the earthquake and tsunami now they. Radiation -- Well certainly it's the so very very bad situation you could almost call it the perfect storm that we're looking only at deep earthquake hazards. Japan has been definitely a leading country in terms of implementing very strict building codes and also quite innovative technologies to. Allow their built in so a lot of buildings to respond to a group. Reduce that epic earthquake the the problem of course is immediately after the earthquake we have this and I mean -- -- in I was absolutely devastating. In and of course. Problems with the fire and then. -- -- of nuclear reactors and -- It is would have been unprecedented situations ID number -- skating. And bands that have happened in a very short iron and I must say that I don't see how all this morning with the are not just started -- -- -- any any country can prepare such. -- that devastation. Well despite Japan's building codes we have serious and almost unthinkable prospect for catastrophe in Japan now. Where the Japanese nuclear plants built on their current sides because. Both sides were the best possible places for them to be located. All depended -- -- I I -- area that the it's their park land usually. But we understand we're located to the north -- -- -- the seismic area but not as. You know as susceptible like Tokyo -- like -- a -- construction of nuclear power plants themselves it's very strict. And you know you have containment vessel very. Basically containment structures to to contain any radiation people aren't as no evidence. Significantly damaged -- Construction of nuclear -- and in fact it's like he owned it. An entire race -- and and computer. You know Japanese have been -- international regulations and so -- Obviously you expect from -- fire in the big issue here but they have to deal with but I it's -- remained unclear exactly all the damage incident -- -- Are at the moment. We're talking a line was under Phillip -- professor of civil engineering at the university of buffalo who's in Haiti. A professor tell us about your mission to Haiti which you've learned about that devastating quake a year ago. Right we are currently in. In one of our would get an arrangement -- and memorandum of understanding which universe just carry it here which is a private university in Port Au Prince. -- provides some professional development such seminars to practicing engineers and indeed. They're -- they're continuing education program to really bring them up. Our modern site into bankruptcy and so that they can actually -- did acknowledge and other construction of eighty which and that's the key critical. Because of the high probability of seeing another -- it's event of the bringing more than larger magnitude occurred last year. In my life of that the building that are going to keep built and about to deconstruct it and -- salt. This is a purely educational. And we come here every 34 months and you have like for example -- -- -- an -- irritable or 360. Engineers all arguments. And we teach -- all the buildings on campus have been destroyed so we can fight and it's very hot and build engineers like you I mean because there you. The thirst for knowledge is very high -- very people to respond and we hope that. Information for product providing to them they can actually apply them in their own practice and their own designs and hopefully that will stabilize the future. Professor Philip Charles thank you for joining us this morning. -- Andre it -- -- -- Haiti is professor of engineering at the State University of New York here in buffalo.