What: Voices from Tohoku, in which special guests from Japan tell stories about the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and ongoing recovery. This event is hosted by Mercy Corps and the Japan-American Society of Oregon. Free and open to the public.
When: 7 pm, Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Where: Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97204. 503-896-5747.
The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami were more powerful than any in living memory. This combined disaster occurred in perhaps the most prepared nation on earth. Most people, even in the hardest hit areas, survived due to preparedness, warnings, and a population educated about natural disasters. Their story is one of bravery, fortitude, incredible spirit and hard work.
To commemorate the anniversary of Japan's earthquake and to help build awareness for earthquake preparedness in our own city and state, special guests from Northeast Japan will share experiences during and since last year's earthquake and tsunami.
Mr. Hajime Saito was principal of a junior high school in the coastal town of Kesennuma. He will recount how his school had prepared for disaster, how they responded, and how the school served the students and community members who were sheltered there.
Ms. Rika Yamamoto was Chief of Emergency Operations at Peace Winds Japan and led a team that established emergency operations immediately after the tsunami. She will discuss how nonprofit organizations in Japan have contributed to relief and recovery.
The Portland Earthquake Project (PEP) was formed to promote earthquake awareness and help build a prepared, resilient Portland. The group is comprised of scientists and preparedness experts from Mercy Corps, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Oregon Red Cross and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management. Voices from Tohoku is the first of a series of lectures organized by the Portland Earthquake Project running on Tuesdays through June 12 (excluding May 15). For more information about PEP, visit them on Facebook.
The Cascadia lecture series occurs on Tuesday evenings through June 12 (excluding May 15). All lectures take place at the Mercy Corps Action Center.
May 8: Voices from Tohoku
May 22: Quake Safe Schools
May 29: Cascadia's Fault
June 5: Safe Enough To Stay
June 12: The Portland Earthquake Walking Tour