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1. Freeways are lifelines. What other lifelines are there, and how should they be protected?.
2. What similarities do you see between protecting against earthquakes and against terrorist attacks?
3. Consider nuclear power plants and hydroelectric dams. How much more should they be strengthened against earthquakes than, say, City Hall or the State Capitol? What are the arguments for or against deterministic vs probabilistic earthquake forecasting?
True or false: The Cascadia Subduction Zone argument about the decade of terror vs the instant of catastrophe (series of small events vs the big one) was resolved in favor of the instant of catastrophe. (just one sentence)
1. What should the government s role be in the earthquake problem? It s easy to say that what it is doing now is highly commendable, but consider your answer in terms of all the other demands on the federal government, now operating at a huge deficit. In essence, NEHRP and other federal earthquake research will be paid for by our descendants! 2. Should NASA and NOAA be part of NEHRP? What are the pros and cons about keeping them out of NEHRP. 3. The government subsidizes flood insurance. Should it also subsidize earthquake insurance? 4. Should the federal government be doing more in funding NEHRP and related programs? If so, what?