Nepal: The Seismology and Disaster Mitigation

Nepal: The Seismology and Disaster Mitigation

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Nepal, Ghost Armies, Myths of Meritocracy, Opting Out of Tests

Episode: Nepal, Ghost Armies, Myths of Meritocracy, Opting Out of Tests

  • Apr 30, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 14:48 mins

Guest: Ron Harris, a Professor of Geology at Brigham Young University specializing in structure and tectonics and natural disaster mitigation. He is also the founder of In Harm’s Way, which works with the most vulnerable communities to prepare themselves for disaster. You can check out the work they do at inharmswayhelp.org. When a natural disaster strikes, the inclination is to think, “Nothing could have been done. It was an act of God.” But Ron Harris makes the distinction between a natural hazard and a natural disaster.  A hazard becomes a disaster when a community is unprepared for it, so he’s created a nonprofit disaster-mitigation foundation to help communities prone to hazards avoid disasters.