Firefighting, Hazmat, Technical Rescue, USAR

USAR Response to Japan Earthquake and Tsunamis, Part 2

Issue 11 and Volume 164.

BY LARRY COLLINS Part 1 was published in the October 2011 issue. Part 2 continues our review of the Japan tsunami of March 10, 2011, which killed nearly 30,000 people. Specifically, this is a look at the post-tsunami urban search and rescue (USAR) operations conducted by the U.S. teams and their international colleagues; the good work done by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Air Force, and other elements of the U.S. government; and a review of the lessons that we can apply to prepare for our own tsunami disasters. REVIEW OF THE JAPAN TSUNAMI AND ITS INITIAL EFFECTS The strongest earthquake ever known to have struck Japan (magnitude 9.0) occurred on March 10, 2011, at 2246 hours Pacific Standard Time (PST). The Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department (LACoFD) “heavy” rated international USAR team had just returned from a two-week deployment to the Christchurch, New Zealand,…

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