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Kleinfelder seeks lessons from Japan earthquake and tsunami

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

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SAN DIEGO — Kleinfelder, a global science, architecture and engineering consulting firm with more than 60 offices worldwide, sent Jorge Meneses, seismic senior engineer, to Japan to assess the damage caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The aim of the mission was to derive lessons that can be applied in the U.S.—particularly in California, Oregon and Washington.

Meneses was the leader of a Geo-Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) team that investigated the performance of port facilities north of Tokyo and south of Fukushima, as well as the widespread liquefaction and lateral spreading observed around Tokyo Bay.

Following the GEER philosophy of turning disaster into knowledge, the team visited four major port facilities, including Oarai, Kashima, Hitachi, and Hitachinaka.

Meneses also investigated several reclaimed land sites around Tokyo Bay that experienced widespread liquefaction and lateral spreading. Liquefaction occurred even at relatively large distances and small amplitudes of acceleration, due to the earthquake’s long duration.

Kleinfelder also donated nearly $4,000 in employee and company match contributions to Japan through the American Red Cross.

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