On March 11, 2011 at 14:46 Japan Standard Time, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan, changing the country forever.
The earthquake triggered some of the most destructive tsunami waves in recent history, reaching up to 128 ft in height, and in some areas, traveling up to six miles into Japan’s mainland.
In addition to loss of life and destruction of infrastructure, the tsunami caused a number of nuclear accidents, primarily the ongoing level 7 meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant complex, and the associated evacuation zones affecting hundreds of thousands of residents.
Join American Military University as we explore the possibilities of a disaster like the TÅhoku Earthquake and Tsunami occurring in the United States and if our nation is prepared to handle a disaster of this magnitude along with the nuclear fallout.
Our first speaker for this will be Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Chris Reynolds CEM who is assigned to Air Force Northern Command (NORAD). Dr. Reynolds’ emergency management experience includes the Oklahoma City Bombing, Hurricanes Andrew, Elena, Opal, and Katrina; the Haitian Earthquake, and the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.
Joining Dr. Reynolds will be John Hooper, a graduate of American Military University (M.A. in military studies-naval warfare), he is currently a surface operations and military readiness specialist, a joint qualified officer, and third-generation Coast Guard. His experience includes serving as liaison to the National Guard Bureau enhancing United States Coast Guard-National Guard Bureau operational synergy and interoperability in search and rescue, disaster assistance.