UW-Madison: TIP/Japan Earthquake experts

Jill Sakai, (608) 262-9772
[email protected]

On March 11, one year will have passed since the fourth-largest earthquake ever recorded shook Japan and created a tsunami that crashed down on the county’s eastern coast. Thousands died as towns were inundated, and one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants was severely damaged.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Michael Corradini is a nuclear power and safety expert and Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Engineering Physics.

Corradini co-chaired the American Nuclear Society Special Committee Report on the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Corradini was in Washington, D.C., Thursday to speak at an event following the release of the report, which provides an explanation of what happened at the plant during and after the earthquake and evaluates recommendations based upon lessons learned.

Corradini is available at (608) 358-6568 (cell) or at [email protected] A profile is available here. (http://experts.news.wisc.edu/experts/160)

Harold Tobin, a marine geophysicist at UW-Madison, is an expert on large underwater earthquake processes and the generation of tsunamis.

Tobin co-leads a project studying earthquakes in one of Japan’s subduction zones similar to the one involved in the earthquake near Japan’s coast. Subduction zones are areas on the Earth’s surface where one tectonic plate slides underneath another. These zones are responsible for the strongest earthquakes and, often, tsunamis.

Tobin will give a public presentation – “One Year After: The Great Japan Earthquake & Tsunami of 2011” – Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in Room 1111 of the Genetics-Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall, as part of the Wednesday Night @ the Lab series.

Tobin can be reached at (608) 265-5796 (office) or (608) 770-8307 (cell) or at [email protected] A profile is available here. (http://experts.news.wisc.edu/experts/1123)