by Dennis Walikainen '92/09
Poverty-stricken countries such as Haiti may not be able to implement building codes like those that enabled quake-hardened Chile endure far fewer casualties while weathering a much more powerful trembler. Nevertheless, small changes can still make a difference in how well nations in the developing world face natural disasters.
Bill Rose, a professor of petrology, has spent decades studying volcanoes in the developing world and seen many villages built on their slopes, in the shadow of annihilation. He soon realized that it's unrealistic for entire communities to pack up and move on the chance of an eruption a hundred years down the road. But, he reasoned, they needed to be prepared to save themselves if the worst were to become real.
Their plight prompted Rose to initiate what would become Michigan Tech's Peace Corps Master's International Program in Natural Hazards Mitigation. The three-year master's degree program includes a two-year field experience abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer. In addition to . . .