Earthquake hazards program reauthorization


  • Randy Showstack


With the U.S. National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) coming up for reauthorization and with funding for the program expiring at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2009, a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology held an 11 June hearing to examine the program and question whether it should be focused solely on earthquakes or be broadened to include other hazards as well.

Subcommittee chair David Wu (D-Oreg.) told Eos that in drafting reauthorization legislation, he is leaning toward a multihazard approach for NEHRP. ‘As we discuss the successes in earthquake mitigation and priorities moving forward, we must note that research for other hazards has yet to produce the same advances. This lag may exist because wind, fire, and tsunami mitigation do not have the same federal [research and development] structure that has produced our many advances on the seismic front,” he noted at the hearing.