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Thomas O'Rourke: Speaker in the T.T. Soong Student Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The University of Buffalo elected Professor Thomas O'Rourke to present his 2012 EERI Distinguished Lecture, "The New Normal for Natural Disasters" at their T.T. Song Student Lecture Series on October 11, 2012.

He discussed the effects of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Canterbury earthquake sequence, and Hurricane Katrina with respect to their impact on regional and international economics, national practices for security and recovery, and worldwide energy policy. The lecture explains why these events require a fundamental re-thinking of the way we evaluate the risks of extreme events as well as define and protect critical infrastructure. A strategy for improving infrastructure resilience is proposed to address the need for protection against rare, high consequence events with limited financial resources.

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