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Seismic Hazards Safety Commission to meet Sept. 11–12 in Anchorage


(Anchorage, AK)—The Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 11–12, 2012, in Room 1080 of the Atwood Building at 550 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Agenda items include: (1) briefings on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) earthquake scenario study at Kodiak using HAZUS, maintenance of the strong-motion instrumentation network in Anchorage, status of FEMA’s current efforts to update their rapid visual screening (RVS) of buildings procedure, and the University of Oregon’s use of RVS as part of a program to reduce their earthquake risk; (2) a joint meeting with the Municipality of Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission (8:05 a.m. Wednesday) to discuss common goals and interests; and (3) discussions of the ongoing activities within the Commission’s standing committees (Schools, Insurance, Earthquake Hazards Identification, Earthquake Scenarios, Education & Outreach, and Response & Recovery).

Any person or group wishing to address the members of the commission on matters relating to mitigating seismic risks in Alaska is welcome to participate. A copy of the draft meeting agenda is available at the ASHSC website, www.seismic.alaska.gov.

Additionally, world-renowned geologist and champion of earthquake safety Lloyd Cluff will give a presentation titled “The Practice of Earthquake Geology: Career-Changing Events and Life Stories,” on Tuesday evening, September 11th, at 7 p.m. in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307.


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