NEWS RELEASE, 10/07/97
The National Science Foundation's decision to extend and expand its support of earthquake engineering research will bolster the ongoing scientific efforts at the University of California at Berkeley, the State University of New York in Buffalo, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to mitigate the potentially devastating effects of earthquakes around the world.
Through its commitment of $30 million over the next five years to fund basic research and public outreach at UC Berkeley, Buffalo and Illinois, NSF assures that we will be able to build on the progress already made by our institutions and other institutions with which we work as a consortium. These funds will substantially enhance our abilities to develop effective strategies for further reducing the loss of life and major physical devastation from future seismic shocks.
While earthquakes cannot be prevented, researchers at our institutions have shown already that we can build structures that will withstand quakes of high magnitudes; we can retrofit existing buildings, bridges and highways to minimize their vulnerability to quakes; and we can improve the design and construction of the vital linkages on which our commerce and life support systems depend.
There is much yet to be accomplished in
this field of scientific inquiry. UC Berkeley, Buffalo, and Illinois are
prepared to provide the research leadership that will ultimately benefit
people throughout the globe and place the United States at the forefront
of scientific progress in earthquake hazard mitigation. NSF's investment
will be returned many-fold through the prevention of earthquake damage that
can easily climb into the billions of dollars and through the loss of life
that never can be measured in financial terms.
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