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A Tale of Two Cities: The Christchurch, NZ and Sendai, Japan Earthquakes and Their Collateral Damage

Tekla Harms, professor of geology, reviews the causes and consequences of this year’s two devastating earthquakes, and the scope, benefits, and costs of earthquake preparedness. Can enough ever be enough?

Will There Ever Be a Way to Predict Earthquakes?

By Caroline Jenkins Hanna


Geology Professor Tekla Harms puts the Japan earthquake in perspective.

“There are no communities that are prepared for a 30-foot-tall wall of water.”

March 17, 2011

As the devastation of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis continue to play out on the other side of the globe, geology professor Tekla Harms and her colleagues in the department have been following the situation with great interest and sympathy.

Hope for Haiti

Pauyo Plus Eight

After the Earthquake

Amherst Responds to the Earthquake in Haiti

January 15, 2010

Haitian Flag

The Amherst College community is deeply saddened by the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Haiti in the aftermath of the recent earthquake that devastated the region. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all those affected by this terrible tragedy. We are currently gathering information about how Amherst students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends are responding to the crisis and are eager to share effective ways to help those who need our support.

Communication with Haiti remains very challenging, and we will provide further information as and when we can.