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Blindsided: How Science Can Help Avoid Another Tsunami Tragedy

The Dec. 26 Indian Ocean tsunami was one of the most imposing displays of the Earth's power in recent human memory. "There have been more shocking events in Earth's history," says John Mutter, deputy director of the Earth Institute, "but they are rare." On Jan. 31, experts in a number of fields -- geophysics, risk management, geology, health and others -- gathered to discuss the forces that caused the tsunami and the impact it continues to have on the people of the Indian Ocean rim nations.

 
 

Overview

John Mutter, deputy director, The Earth Institute

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What Happened?

Arthur Lerner-Lam, director, Center for Hazards and Risk Research, The Earth Institute

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Who Was Affected?

Deborah Balk, associate research scientist, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), The Earth Institute


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Health Challenges in the Aftermath of the Tsunami

Ronald Waldman, deputy director, Center for Global Health and Economic Development, The Earth Institute
Irwin Redlener, associate dean for Public Health Advocacy and Disaster Preparedness, and director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Mailman School of Public Health

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International Response Efforts and Disaster Risk Management

Maxx Dilley, research scientist, International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI), The Earth Institute

Real Video (9:27)
 

Could This Happen in New York?

John Mutter, deputy director, The Earth Institute

 

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Q&A

 

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Production Number: 332
Shot: Jan 31, 2005
Published: Feb 07, 2005
Last modified: Sep 12, 2005