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Padang City Tsunami Preparations

The Stanford University chapter of ESW has been collaborating with Geohazards International (GHI) to study the earthquake and tsunami readiness of Padang, Indonesia. The project began in 2009 as a part of ESW-Stanford’s “Design for a Sustainable World” class. Padang is located close to a tectonic plate boundary, which makes the danger of earthquakes and tsunamis high. The region was affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in addition to a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in 2009. The Stanford team traveled to Padang in the summers of 2009 and 2010 to conduct research and work on implementing strategies for tsunami safety.

In 2009, the Stanford chapter of ESW received a 10,000 euro Mondialogo Engineering Award from UNESCO and Daimler AG for its work on this project.

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