12:30 p.m. update
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The massive earthquake that devastated Chile overnight has triggered tsunami warnings across the Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States.
The following Oregon State University experts are available to assist reporters with questions:
- Solomon Yim is interim director of the Hinsdale Wave Research Facility, which includes the world’s largest tsunami wave basin. He can answer questions about the impact of tsunamis on bridges, houses and other structures. (office: 541-737-6894)
- Scott Ashford is head of the OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering and an expert in earthquake and coastal engineering. He has studied historic earthquake events, including previous Chilean earthquakes and notes that Charles Darwin observed a major quake there in 1835. Ashford is traveling in California and will be available after 1:30 p.m. at 541-602-9030)
- Harry Yeh is a professor of civil and construction engineering and an internationally recognized tsunami expert. He works closely with colleagues in Japan, and can answer questions about how tsunamis propagate and amplify. (office: 541-737-8057)
- Patrick Corcoran is an education and outreach specialist for the OSU-based Oregon Sea Grant program, who works with coastal communities on tsunami preparation and education. He is en route to Seaside to observe people’s reactions to the warnings and can be reached via cell phone at 503-791-0417. For background, a release from 2005: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2005/dec/despite-indian-ocean-warning-northwest-still-not-prepared-potential-tsunami
The Hinsdale Wave Research Facility noted above is the one of the largest and technically most advanced laboratories for coastal research, with a special focus on tsunami and other wave modeling. Part of the OSU College of Engineering, the lab is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and other agencies.
Other OSU experts may become available later today and over the remainder of the weekend. This advisory will be updated with new information as it becomes available.